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Feedback Loops with Teachers and Children: The Parallel Process in Action

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Feedback Loops with Teachers and Children

Presented by Mary-Margaret Gardiner, CLASS Specialist; and Mamie Morrow, CLASS Specialist
Sponsored by Teachstone


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We know that the interactions between teachers and children are critical in helping children learn and feel comfortable and confident in the classroom. These same interactions are important in other relationships you have like the relationships coaches have with teachers.

High-quality feedback loops are a valuable source of “fuel” for encouraging children to engage with thinking and learning. There are many opportunities for teachers to provide feedback in the classroom. In this edWebinar, Mary-Margaret Gardiner and Mamie Morrow, CLASS Specialists for Teachstone, provide concrete examples and strategies for how teachers can provide children with the kinds of experiences that will:

  • Fuel their passions
  • Help them engage at a deeper level
  • Encourage them to be persistent when challenged
  • Keep them coming back for more learning and inquiry

Feedback doesn’t have to end in the classroom. Mary-Margaret and Mamie also highlight how feedback loops are important for administrators and coaches to provide to teachers. Hear about strategies that can be used to support teachers by scaffolding them with hints and assistance, prompting them to think deeper, providing good information, and encouraging them to expand their learning. This model is called parallel process. Parallel process means engaging in the same interaction strategies we want teachers to use in classrooms with children, only this time, between adults. Instead of teacher-child interactions, parallel process is about adult-adult interactions.

This recorded session is designed for Pre-K through Grade 3 teachers, coaches, and administrators. However, those working with older students are also invited to attend. Learn how to put the parallel process into action.

Mary-Margaret GardinerAbout the Presenters
Mary-Margaret Gardiner is a CLASS Specialist for Teachstone. She has been in the early childhood community for over 35 years, driven by her passion to support the teachers who work with our most valuable asset, our children. She joined Teachstone in 2010 and has been a CLASS convert since the early days before Teachstone was even started!




Marnie Morrow
Since 2013, Mamie has enjoyed her work at Teachstone as a CLASS Specialist enriching coaching and instructional skills. Her diverse background as an early childhood and elementary teacher in schools around the world helps her form meaningful connections with educators across the nation. Having worked with children in New Mexico, Germany, Guam, Alaska, Japan, Washington DC and Florida, she appreciates the powerful impact effective interactions have on children.



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