Bugs and Wishes Feedback Protocol

Allow students to voice their learning needs and develop community norms through the bugs and wishes protocol
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About This Strategy

Bugs and Wishes is a strategy that promotes student voice and classroom culture by allowing students to express what is bothering them (a bug) and what they would change in the classroom (a wish) in a non-aggressive way. Bugs and Wishes is a simplified version of an "I statement" and can help students express themselves in a structured way to the teacher and their peers. This strategy works great with preK-5 students in any content area.

Implementation Steps

10 minutes

This strategy is based on a children's book "A Bug and a Wish" by Karen Scheuer.

  1. Gather students into a group or have your students come together to create a cohesive circle. Demonstrate bugs and wishes with your students by saying the following:

    • "It bugs me when... and I wish they/he/she would..." When modeling, be sure to sure to use a class appropriate example that your students will understand. Remind the students that they are not addressing a student individually (i.e. It bugs me when YOU tap your pencil on YOUR desk), but making a generalized statement (i.e. It bugs me when others tap their pencil on their desk because I can't concentrate).

    • Teacher Model Example: It bugs me when students move around the room during center time. I wish they would wait until I signal them to move from their center.

  2. Go around the circle or group and have each student express their bug and wish. Some of the students may have similar or the same answers. If students try to make their responses accusatory or specifically directed at their peers, redirect them and remind them of your example.

  3. After each student has given his or her bug and wish, ask the students to brainstorm ways that they can respectfully respond to this bug and wish. Consider making an anchor chart with respectful responses so students can reference them in the future.

    • Teacher Model Example: It bugs me when students move around the room during center time. I wish they would wait until I signal them to move from their center.

    • Respectful Responses Brainstorm: Ok! Sure! I'll try harder next time!

  4. Move around the group until every student has had a chance to participate in the bugs and wishes strategy. As students learn respectful responses, allow them to respond to their peers' bugs and wishes when appropriate.

Questions to Consider

  1. How could you reinforce the expectations for students and support them to internalize them?

  2. How could this strategy support students to both give and accept feedback?

Tech Tools

Padlet 

  • Padlet is a digital corkboard type tool that students can use to gather information or reflections. Teachers can easily access each students’ Padlet with a shared link.

  • Padlet supports this strategy by creating the conditions for teachers to expand the learning and discussion virtually. The anonymous format can be helpful in the sense that it can makes students feel more comfortable exchanging about bugs and wishes if they are still a bit scared about bringing them up publicly

VersoLearning

  • VersoLearning allows you to create interactive learning activities for your students, with resources to spark the conversation, and a unique anonymous platform for threaded organized discussions.

  • Verso supports this strategy by creating the conditions for teachers to expand the learning and discussion virtually. The anonymous format can be helpful in the sense that it can makes students feel more comfortable exchanging about bugs and wishes if they are still a bit scared about bringing them up publicly