Three by Two

For the last few years I’ve been asking trainee teachers to give one another feedback on a two-by-two grid with positive versus negative on the vertical axis and content versus presentation on the horizontal axis. After some recent discussions, I’m trying out a slightly more complicated rubric: the vertical axis stays the same, but the horizontal has an extra category called “interaction”:

Content Interaction Presentation

The motivation for the new category is that things like “instructor notices learners’ questions” aren’t content, but aren’t really presentation either. Adding options generally increases cognitive load, but I hope that will be offset by making classification simpler. It’s a small thing, but if I’ve learned anything about teaching over the past twenty years, it’s that better happens one small step at a time.

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