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What type of feedback do you seek in your work and on your ideas and from whom do you seek it?

I find that people vary greatly in whether they like or seek feedback on their work and ideas. Some novice artists, for example, seek feedback on technique or composition from a mentor while others keep distant from any sort of input for fear of its stifling their originality and voice.

In conversation or discussion, some people like others to probe their thoughts and scrutinize their arguments critically, while others find such scrutiny too "academic" or heavy.

Some people seek and prefer feedback only from those with expertise in their field and others deliberately seek the popular view or a view from people from different interdisciplinary backgrounds or social contexts.

In what circumstances do you appreciate feedback, from whom, and of what type?

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    Jun 25 2012: Being a former teacher (as of this year), I would always have my students tell me what was their most and least favorite assignment and why; their most and least favorite novel and why; what they felt I taught the best and the worst and why; etc. I would use this to gauge what I would teach the next year, and how I could improve my instruction.

    Now on a different level, when I had problems with a certain topic, I of course would go to my colleagues, and they would help me, esp. since I am a "big picture" person and knew what I wanted but didn't quite know how to get there. :-) And when I would have trouble with a class, I would have a colleague come in and be an objective observer in order to see things I wasn't seeing, and it was always beneficial.

    The only time I really didn't always appreciate "feedback" was when I would be evaluated by our administration, for at times, I took umbrage as to what they would say or suggest, for being former math or science teachers, their approaches would be totally different than mine would be, and it was frustrating.

    But overall, I would welcome suggestions as I was one teacher who was always wanting to improve in order to reach more students. However, that is part of my personality as well, for we had many teachers who wouldn't ask for any help/suggestions/feedback and shared nothing; and their classrooms were like their castle and they were the royalty....
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      Jun 25 2012: As an educator, I appreciated that you spoke of your students first. I solicit their feedback more than anyone else because when it's all said and done, they ARE my boss :) It's not to say you agree with everything they tell you or don't scrutinize the reasoning behind it if you don't agree, but it's so important to listen. As for support from colleagues, I like to hear from those physically present in the same building but also appreciate the feedback and advice I get through social networking platforms such as this. These "communities of interest" have been a wealth of information for me.
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        Jun 26 2012: Thank Amy, and you are SOOOO right about the kids being our true bosses (but within reason, of course ;-)), and also that we truly listen to them.

        And glad to read, too, that you are open and do rely on your "communities of interest" in your quest to be the best you can be. I know as being a "team leader" that when a teacher thinks he/she is the king or queen of his castle/classroom, they are not as effective (not a team player....grrrr) as they could be.

        Hope you enjoy your summer. :-)

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