Thanks for requesting the 10 Questions For Better Feedback On Teaching! Here's the secret ingredient...

Check your email in about 5 minutes for the PDF download link, and email me at [email protected] if you don't see it within 10 minutes. 

As you'll see, these are all evidence-based questions—for example, the "context" question asks "I noticed that you [ ]...could you talk to me about how that fits within this lesson or unit?"

And the "perception" question asks "Here’s what I saw students [ ]...what were you thinking was happening at that time?"

Evidence is the secret ingredient in all of these questions. It's what keeps us from getting bogged down in differences of opinion—so we can bypass resistance and get to the heart of our improvement work with teachers. 

The best way I know to gather rich evidence of teacher practice—or, even better, have teachers gather their own evidence when you're not in the room—is video. 

Video gives teachers full control over what they share, which creates a sense of safety. 

If something doesn't turn out well, they can delete the video and try again. 

As a result, teachers are willing to take bigger risks—leading to a greater probability of growth.

But there's good and bad news about video...

The good news is that video is easier than ever to capture, thanks to smartphones and tablets.

The bad news is that high-quality video files are HUGE—far too big to email, and it's not as if you can upload a classroom video to a public site like YouTube. 

That's why I use Sibme.com for confidential video feedback. I use it with my 1:1 coaching clients, and I recommend it for administrators and instructional coaches who work with teachers. 

Use the form on this page to sign up for a Sibme trial, and you'll see for yourself how powerful it is to use video for instructional improvement.

Justin Baeder, PhD
Director, The Principal Center

Justin Baeder

 Justin Baeder, PhD

​ Director, The Principal Center

About Justin Baeder

Justin Baeder, PhD is Director of The Principal Center, where he helps school leaders build capacity for instructional leadership. A former principal in Seattle Public Schools, he is creator of the Instructional Leadership Challenge, which has helped more than 10,000 school leaders in 50 countries around the world:

  • Confidently Get Into Classrooms Every Day
  • Have Feedback Conversations That Change Teacher Practice
  • Discover their best opportunities for school improvement

Dr. Baeder is the author of Now We're Talking! 21 Days to High-Performance Instructional Leadership (Solution Tree). He is the host of Principal Center Radio, a podcast featuring education thought leaders, and Ascend Live, a video show on the ed leadership job search.