The five-finger feedback is a simple method to get feedback on several criteria. Each finger stands for a different question, which the workshop participants answer.


  • Duration
    Short (up to 30 minutes)
  • Complexity
  • Group size
    1 to 50 persons

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Description Long

On a previously prepared A4 paper, the following questions are to be answered for the individual fingers and the palm. 


Thumb: What was great?

Index finger: What did I learn?

Middle finger: What can be improved?

Ring finger: What do I take away (positive and negative)?

Little finger: What did I miss out on?

Palm: What else would I like to say/ What do I wish for?/ Further suggestions?


Afterwards, individual students are asked to give their feedback




On the one hand, the questions can be projected on a PowerPoint slide and the workshop participants can answer them on the template. On the other hand, the template could be created by the facilitators in advance. This requires writing the questions in the fingers and palm of the hand and then making the desired number of copies.


The sheet is handed out and the workshop participants answer the questions. Enough time may be allowed for constructive and valuable feedback. Optionally, this could be accompanied by some quiet music.

Tools list

  • Worksheets, prepared
  • Pencils, board markers
  • Writing utensils, pen, pencil


Qualitäts- und Unterstützungsagentur - Landesinstitut für Schule (QUA-LiS NRW), D-59494 Soest. Methodensammlung. 027 Fünf-Finger-Rückmeldung. Online unter: http://www.schulentwicklung.nrw.de/methodensammlung/

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