The next time you do a staff training event then ask everyone to give you a hand assessing your session.
Does that sound scary? Well, it shouldn’t because feedback is essential even if you take some of what is said with a pinch of salt.
Seriously though, we all need to know what we are doing is worth doing.
Here’s what to do:
1. Save around 5-10 minutes of your session at the end and give participants a piece of paper.
2. Ask everyone to draw around their hand and say you’d like to know the answer to a few questions:
*Thumb – something good, something they enjoyed
*Index finger – something they would like to point out (e.g. new idea, knowledge input, misconception correction)
*Middle finger – something bad, something they did not enjoy
*Ring finger – something they will treasure from the session
*Little finger – something little they want to add (e.g. something they would do differently)
*Palm – A prediction for the future – what they are going to do next?
We all need a hand, so try this evaluation method with children and share it with them as something they could use too.