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Feedback Tools

Author: Ashley Sweatt

This lesson discusses useful tools for providing feedback.

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Hi, my name is Ashley, and today's lesson is titled Feedback Tools.

In today's lesson, will look at various tools that can be used to provide feedback. We'll take a look at feedback forms, video review, student data feedback, content standards, and professional teaching standards. Let's go ahead and take a look at these more closely.

Feedback forms. Forms are used by the instructional coach to provide feedback. The form is usually a blank template with categories, questions, topics, and tables. The form is used before, during, and after the observation. It's a good practice to allow teachers to view the form before the observation process begins, so that they are aware of what is expected from them as a teacher.

This form can be used during the teacher observation. The coach may show this form to the teacher before the observation takes place, so the teacher is aware of what the coach will be looking for.

Did the teacher mention learning targets? This will remind the teacher that this is something that he or she must mention during the lesson.

During the observation, the coach will fill in the boxes. What instructional strategies were used? Were they effective? The teacher uses cooperative grouping in her lesson. The students were engaged in deep conversations about their knowledge. After the observation, the coach will show this to the teacher and provide feedback on what was observed.

Video review is another way to provide feedback. The teacher records his or her instruction, and then it is viewed by the teacher and coach. The video recording allows occurrences to be deeply analyzed.

Video review can be used throughout the coaching process, allowing the coach and teacher to compare previous videos and analyze the differences and growth. Video review is a beneficial technique that offers physical evidence to help teachers reflect and make plans for improvement.

Student data feedback is another tool. Performance data, or feedback from student surveys, are used by the coach to prepare feedback for the instructor. The coach provides feedback based directly on the data received.

Student achievement is the main goal, so this serves as a good reference point. And it's also beneficial, because it demonstrates the impact of the changes in the teacher's instructional methods, or other changes. Data can also be a reason why changes are made.

Looking at the data below, we can see the students did not perform well on the pre-assessment. The coach gives the teacher strategies on how to build a firm foundation on the material, since students are lacking in this area. The teacher then uses this feedback to plan instruction.

Content standards serve as a reference to the coach when providing feedback to teachers. Grade level content standards are used to help guide teachers through the professional development plan and focus on student performance. The coach and teacher use content standards along with student data to determine the impact and instructional changes.

Let's take a look at this content standard, number sense. The student will understand and describe simple addition and subtraction problems. The coach will then provide feedback on what type of lessons or activities can be completed in the classroom that are aligned to this content standard. The coach may suggest the teacher use manipulatives when teaching simple addition and subtraction problems.

Professional teaching standards, or teacher evaluation rubrics, is another way feedback is provided. The teaching standards and rubrics can serve as a reference for discussion. Many teachers will go through the evaluation process, so it may be helpful to introduce the evaluation rubric while in the coaching environment.

Even though coaching is non-evaluative, teachers can still benefit from the use of rubrics to self-assess their performance. The coach can even direct the teacher in making improvements. Coaching goals can also be created to align with teaching standards or the rubric.

Let's look at Professional Teaching Standard 2. Teachers establish a respectful environment for a diverse population of students.

The coach then provides feedback on whether the teacher is establishing a respectful environment and what the teacher can do in order to make sure the environment is respectful for all different types of students.

Let's recap what we have discussed in today's lesson. There are many different types of tools that are used for providing feedback. The feedback forms are used before, during, and after an observation. Video review is physical evidence of what occurred during the classroom. Student data from assessments and feedback from surveys can be used to offer feedback, as well. Content standards and professional teaching standards, as well as teacher evaluation rubrics, can be used to provide feedback during the coaching process.

Review the types of feedback tools and decide which would be more suitable for you to use. To dive a little deeper and learn how to apply this information, be sure to check out the additional resources section associated with this video. This is where you'll find links targeted toward helping you discover more ways to apply this course material.

Notes on "Feedback Tools"


(00:00 - 00:09) Introduction

(00:10 - 00:31) What Will You Learn Today?

(00:32 - 01:47) Feedback Forms

(01:48 - 02:22) Video Review

(02:23 - 03:17) Student Data and Feedback

(03:18 - 04:07) Content Standards

(04:08 - 05:12) Professional Teaching Standards

(05:13 - 05:50) What Did You Learn Today?

(05:51 - 06:15) Reflection