Shields up: on deflective reactions to feedback

It’s always hard to take criticism/feedback, but it’s a vital part of growing as an educator.

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shieldThis article from ‘Connected Principals’ is about how our deflector shield goes up when we receive feedback, especially after we haven’t been criticised in a while. Has it happened to you, on any side of the trenches? Richard Bruford says that this shield can be dealt with only if the whole school culture changes: everyone gets regular feedback, positive and negative, and has an opportunity to improve. It’s definitely easier said than done, but is probably the only chance for us to learn and develop – what do you think?

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