A few months ago I wrote apostabout Feedback Panda and why I love it. All the reasons I put in that post still apply today. It has significantly shortened my feedback time, and I love being able to diversify my feedback if Im getting bored.A lot of people have been asking me questions about Feedback Panda, so I thought I would write this follow-up post addressing some of the questions and statements Ive heard from my fellow teachers.
When I first started using Feedback Panda I was searching for templates between classes and then using them, but realized this wasnt the most efficient use of my time. I now prep my feedback before I start my classes, and it takes roughly 3-5 minutes before classes begin, depending on the number of classes I am teaching.
From the classroom tab in my teachers portal I right-click on the classroom button. Then I select Copy link location (you can see, it is highlighted in blue). From there, I hop over to my Feedback Panda tab and paste my classroom link into the bar. This auto-populates my classroom information.
Note: This does not auto-populate a new students name, which is the only downside. But you can type it in yourself, which takes about 10 seconds to complete.
Once you have pasted your link into the search bar, your feedback for that class will pop up.
From here you can see how many times you have taught this student, their gender, their picture (if you screenshot it and put it in) as well as your feedback. This is the main screen you will use for your feedback.
2. I like to personalize my feedback and I cant do that with Feedback Panda.
But you can! Feedback Panda provides you with the template for a class, not the final feedback. I absolutely suggest personalizing the feedback to your student. Add in something special that they showed you (Baobao showed me her Dino today. Wow! Thank you for sharing.), put homework in the feedback (Please work on practicing ____), and as always, add your signature to the feedback. Make it your own. Your parents are paying to have you teach their child, so you definitely want to add your name to your feedback.
When I am prepping my feedback in the morning, I place each class on a separate sticky note on my computer. Then I simply type things in during class that need to be worked on, or things that we did that I dont have in my template (for example: Today we counted backwards from 10 to ensure that Baobao actually knows his numbers and isnt just reciting them out of memory. This is a great learning technique).
I also have typical pronunciation mistakes on another sticky note and will grab the one that I need and place it in the feedback. My most common one is /th/: Please practice the th sound. This sound is achieved by placing your tongue in between your front teeth and almost biting down. I recommend practicing this in front of a mirror.
Because I have prepared all of these beforehand, it is a simple matter of cutting and pasting into the feedback box at the end of class and adding in my teacher-to-teacher feedback. This takes roughly 1 minute, as I quickly check for typos before submitting.
3. Is it worth it to pay for Feedback Panda?
For me, yes. I teach anywhere from 100-200 classes a month and often teach the same classes throughout the week. I love being able to access my feedback quickly. I also need to be done work right away, since my hubby leaves for work 5 minutes after my last class finishes. There is no time to go back and do feedback later in the day for me. So the 10$ that I pay a month is absolutely worth it, as it saves me so much time and stress each and every day.
If youre new and just beginning with VIPKID, I recommend using Feedback Panda after a few weeks. Once your schedule starts filling up, you will like to keep track of your students and your feedback, and it will end up saving you time.
Remember, Feedback Panda has a 30 day free trial, so you can test it out for free and decide if it is for you.
4. Have you ever gotten bad apples from using Feedback Panda?
No. On the contrary, I have actually received quite a few positive feedback complementing me on the details in my feedback. I was always writing quite long feedback, but I find that Feedback Panda has helped me hone my feedback skills. I love to highlight positives and negatives using a sandwich style of feedback, and I almost always send homework back with my students. The parents respect that I am asking them to work on things outside of the classroom.
For my regulars who see me frequently, I think they also enjoy the break in my regular style of feedback. It is nice to read something that is structured slightly differently than it normally is. It also helps keep things fun in the classroom.
The bottom line is that I still love Feedback Panda and will continue to use it for my classroom. It really has made my life easier. If you have any questions about this program or anything I wrote, feel free to comment and Ill get back to you.
If youre not already a VIPKID teacher, here is a link toapply. Thanks for reading!
Has the option to right click on a classroom link to copy been disabled in the teacher portal? When I right click on it its as though Im click on nothing on the page. But when I right click on student info or materials, there is an option to copy link.
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