When we are able to efficiently collect low-inference notes during a classroom visit, we can use them to guide our collaboration with teachers to improve classroom practice. These four steps are presented as guideposts to explain the process of how to transform data into actionable feedback for teachers. These steps are not meant to be followed in a strict order, but rather as a guide to start the process of developing a trusting and supportive relationship focused on instructional improvement.
Here are four steps for turning your low-inference notes into high-quality feedback to help start a productive professional conversation:
1. Review the levels of performance
Whether or not you’re assigning scores, going through your instructional framework and re-reading the rubric and the various levels of performance after collecting low-inference notes is super helpful, especially when providing approximate scores for the visit. Reviewing the levels of performance not only adds context when forming feedback, it also reminds us of the higher levels of instruction that we’re aiming for.
2. Select a focus
There are numerous components that constitute each instructional framework objective. Within each objective, choose one element to focus on that is high leverage, meaning likely to improve overall classroom learning for most students. Select just one focus so that the feedback doesn't leave the teacher feeling overwhelmed, confused, or discouraged.
3. Ask a question
Asking a question about how to achieve a desired outcome is often more helpful than providing a one-size-fits-all solution. We learn best when we're able to reflect on our practices and have a hand in shaping our own development. As a general rule, you can frame most questions around how one can move towards a higher level of performance.
4. Provide options for next steps
There are many strategies to improve classroom instruction. Providing multiple options for teachers allows them to take ownership of their improvement and sets the stage for a sustainable partnership through observation and feedback.
We’re always happy to help and provide input where we can. If you have questions about your instructional support system, we’d love to talk to you. Schedule a complimentary strategy session with a Bullseye expert!