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Tool: Observing with the sampling technique

Similar to the At task technique, this method requires coding at regular intervals. The focus can be on either the teacher or student(s). 

  • Create a legend to represent various behaviors  (For example:)
    • P = presenting
    • O = observing
    • M = managing
    • H = helping or consoling
    • I = individualizing instruction
  • Observe the focus individual’s behavior at regular intervals and record


Example

 

Observation Notes:

TEACHER BEHAVIOR SAMPLING Teacher: Julie J.  Lesson: Magnets Date: 3/3/04 Observer: Rachel E.   Children at desks.  Teacher at front of room.

  • Time           Behavior
  • 1:00                 P
  • 1:04                 P
  • 1:08                 P
  • 1:12                 M
  • 1:16                 M
  • 1:20                 H
  • 1:24                 H
  • 1:28                 M
  • 1:32                 I
  • 1:36                 I

 

Analysis suggestions

  • Examine patterns in teacher or student behavior
  • Examine time spent exhibiting different types of behavior