Clear and actionable feedback is essential for continuous improvement and professional learning. Tools like video help, because video is collaborative—it provides evidence and documentation that observers and teachers can see together.
Our Best Foot Forward research revealed many benefits of video evaluation when substituted for live observation as part of both formal evaluation and informal feedback processes. Both administrators and teachers reported that video observations resulted in fairer, less adversarial conversations. Principals spent more time interacting with teachers around instruction and less time on paperwork. Plus, after this type of feedback, teachers were more likely to identify a specific change in their practice.
To get the most benefit from video, it’s important to establish feedback frameworks.
IMPORTANT FEEDBACK CONSIDERATIONS
Prepare and train observers on how to provide quality feedback with the use of video.
Provide a clear set of self-reflection feedback tools.
Select a rubric or platform with which to provide feedback.
Cultivate guidelines for effective feedback conversations.
Establish a protocol or routine to ensure that the feedback process is easily and continuously implemented.