Examples of High-Scoring Instruction Commentary

Instruction commentary across disciplines have a few things in common, such as asking about classroom environment, engagement, prior knowledge, analysis of teaching, and future changes. Most of the answers to commentary questions require citation of video clip evidence. A few general considerations for writing quality instruction commentary include

1) Addressing all parts of the question
2) Referencing video evidence, i.e. including clip number and time stamps
3) Elaborating on evidence shown in video clips
4) Maximizing page count

The exemplary commentary responses1 shown below earned high scores on instruction rubrics.

Elementary Literacy Elementary Mathematics English as Additional Language
English Language Arts Family Consumer Science Health Education
History Social Studies Mathematics for Secondary Performing Arts
Physical Education Secondary Science Special Education
Visual Arts Instruction World Languages

1. The commentaries shown above have been shared with permission of the authors.