You must not fool yourself- and you are the easiest person to fool.
This past Tuesday, I asked my classroom assistant to give me some feedback on my teaching. You may remember that I have a class of 15 fourth graders, and Tuesday was our first session. Marta emailed me back and had only positive things to say 🙂 I appreciated the feedback, but there were several things I did that, to me, didn’t work so well. Maybe, since she doesn’t know me that well, she was a little apprehensive about bringing them up.
In order for feedback to be successful, it has to be the truth. It can’t just be what the person thinks you want to hear. They have to be comfortable enough with you to speak the truth (in love). That’s not always easy, but oh so important.