First, you should know that this post is going to be an interactive brainstorming session! Which of these strategies would have the most impact with high school students? Which element of feedback is most lacking in their lives? Even if you’re not an educator, how could you integrate feedback like this in your life? In your family? Let me know what you think by leaving a comment or two, please! By the way, like a good teacher, I’ll repeat these directions again at the end of the post 🙂
As I type, ironically enjoying a box of Godiva chocolate that a lovely student gave to me, I ran across an article from a blog called “Hello Healthy”, part of a social media app that my sister and I use called MyFitnessPal. The article is about the importance of relevant and motivating feedback, which, according to Coach Stevo is “one of the most important components of long-term motivation.” I’m posting the link here, but here’s the gist on the 4 motviating ways to measure progress… for a diet. I’m brainstorming how these four feedback strategies could be translated to my students, my Humanities Dept., and even my doctoral program. Scale Got You Down? 4 Motivating Ways to Measure Your Progress
- Take Before & After pictures -Rather than hopping on the scale every Monday, whip out a camera phone and take a selfie instead.
- Use a tape measure – If your waist or hip measurements, the circumference at the widest points, are going down, you are losing fat—which is usually someone’s actual goal, and possibly replacing it with muscle weight. Just keep doing what you’re doing.
Play with your kids – Set a time to play with them every week. If it’s getting easier to do week after week, then you’re making progress!
Keep track of what you’re doing – Good things take time, and always more time than we think they should. Keeping track of healthy things you are doing. When you start doubting yourself, just look at all the little things you’re doing and remind yourself you’re on the right track! You just have to keep moving forward!
Now, here’s the repeat! Let’s make this post an interactive brainstorming session. Which of these strategies would have the most impact with high school students? Which element of feedback is most lacking in their lives? Even if you’re not an educator, how could you integrate feedback like this in your life? In your family? Let me know what you think by leaving a comment or two, please!