We sat down for our conference. I recently I had spent a day in her classroom observing her. Of course, I knew this was going to be a challenging conversation because she was not accepting of my feedback (we all know that I give good feedback). By the end of the discussion, I had ignored everything she said, and she completely dismissed my suggestions for improvements. I headed back to my office to discuss how she did not take my suggestions and what was wrong with her.
I wish I could say that this was a moment of fiction instead this event was real. Unfortunately, I did not have the knowledge I have now about feedback. I’ve done some reading and reflecting and came to this conclusion.
I came into that meeting with my armor on to protect me and she also came with protection. We put problem between us, and I did not recognize her strengths. If I could call a do-over, I would not put my armor on. I would be transparent about my feedback. I would spend the time thinking about her strengths
I have been reading a ton of Brené Brown (side note-I have been gripped by her Facebook posts during and after Hurricane Harvey. She is so real.) She spoke about being in the right head and heart space to receive feedback. Here is her list of the 10 things to be ready for feedback.
I know there is feedback I will have to give this year and I need to look at this list frequently. I also need to examine am I approaching this teacher with a growth mindset or I am assuming that they will never change. Real meaningful feedback is challenging but worth it.