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Top 5 Feedback Techniques Workshop

  • Toula Yoga 2720 1st Ave NE Suite 108 Cedar Rapids United States (map)
Learners need endless feedback more than they need endless teachers.
— Grant Wiggins

We are all learners. I will speak personally in different scenarios. I am learning how to do handstands (personal). I am learning about human anatomy and physiology (professional.) I am learning what triggers defiance in my partner (interpersonal.)

Feedback in action in one learning environment-

Also feedback in action; same techniques different application.

Why do I need this workshop?

Feedback is the key to getting what you want. That may sound greedy, but that depends what you want and how you go about getting it. For me as a yoga teacher, “getting what I want” is: students to practice in a way that is 1) non-harmful, 2.) conducive to learning more about one’s self and capabilities. The opposite end is spinning your wheels in perpetual frustration of not being understood. To me that looks like a student (ignorantly) yanking on their joints, or copying the person next to them. This can be broadened out to apply to pretty much anyone who interacts with others: Our students not following directions, our partners not acknowledging our efforts, our employees not being accountable for their mistakes. So the question stands- HOW are we setting up the scenario to get what we want- from our coworkers, our students, our children, our partners, our community? How are we facilitating the learning process?

What will I get out of this workshop?

Feedback is a skill, like playing the piano or multiplication. You’re not born knowing how to do it. Just like doing guided scales on the piano versus sitting down and trying to plunk it out, the more you practice, the stronger it gets. This is the means to getting what you want- being heard and understood. Missy’s Top 5 Feedback Techniques is the tool to being more effective both giving and receiving feedback. This tool makes you a better educator, boss, partner. This tool means more capable students, more productive staff, more understanding partners.

Who is the workshop for?

This workshop is for educators in a all settings- classrooms, studios, etc., team members who leading trainings or meetings, managers responsible for evaluations, students looking to better communicate with teachers, the list goes on and on. We can all improve our communication through sharpening our tools of feeedback.

Who is the facilitator?

Missy Springsteen-Haupt is in her 13th year of teaching 7th and 8th grade language arts in Clarion, Iowa. Her areas of expertise include writer's workshop and providing feedback that fosters growth. Feedback was the research emphasis of her graduate work. She blogs about teaching and writing at | (Link in photo.)


English Teaching MA, English (research emphasis | feedback)

Iowa Council of Teachers of English Publications Co-coordinator,

Head of Teacher Writing Initiative National Endowment for Humanities

Summer Scholar, Folger Library Teaching Shakespeare Institute (2018)

Iowa Council of Teachers of English Fall Conference Presenter, 2014-2018

National Council of Teachers of English presenter 2017, 2018

What is her experience?

She is very accomplished and well respected in the field of middle school education. She uses her research-based approach to make writing accessible to all of her middle school students, including her large population of ELL (English language learner) students. She practices what she preaches by actively writing on a regular basis and maintaining a blog that is open to the public, and open to her students. She has been leading this Feedback workshop with yoga teacher trainees for three years. She starts with the common denominator of facilitating learning and explores how to apply that knowledge across the spectrum of applicable situations- the classroom, the office, the studio, at home.

She is an avid traveller and a great storyteller. It is a privilege to have her taking us through this process at Toula!

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