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