A few weeks ago I saw this article by Dylan Wiliam. The entire article (short and to the point) is a must read. Feedback is having a moment - which I am celebrating. But it also scares me a bit as we have gone through these cycles before:
Great theory + the next buzzword + shallow implementation = ineffective practice
In order to avoid this cycle we have to ask ourselves why. Why has to be at the forefront of our thinking, questioning, planning and decision-making.
Related to feedback, the Dylan Wiliam article offers the idea that both effective and ineffective feedback exists. It also reminds us that the effectiveness of our feedback can rely on other variables.
"However, the thing that really matters in feedback is the relationship between the student and the teacher."
I find that this holds true in all feedback loops. As we look to 2015 and try to implement more effective feedback practices, let's remember that the relationships come first.