Tool: Elements of powerful teaching observation
Purpose of this tool: The tool below is intended to serve as a guide during your classroom observations
and informal conversations with beginning teachers.
How to use this tool: Beginning teachers
can use this tool to observe their mentor teachers and other teachers
in the school. Other teachers in your school could benefit from using
this tool as they videotape and observe their own teaching or observe
their colleagues. (See Mentor study groups).
|Principle of effective teaching
||Evidence of principle being implemented
in this classroom
- Students learn best within cohesive and caring learning communities.
- Students learn more when most of the available time is allocated
to curriculum-related activities and the classroom management
system emphasizes maintaining their engagement in those activities.
- All components of the curriculum are aligned to create a cohesive
program for accomplishing instructional purposes and goals.
- Teachers can prepare students for learning by providing an
initial structure to clarify intended outcomes and cue desired
- To facilitate meaningful learning and retention, content is
explained clearly and developed with emphasis on its structure
- Questions are planned to engage students in sustained discourse
structured around powerful ideas.
- Students need sufficient opportunities to practice and apply
what they are learning and to receive improvement-oriented feedback.
- The teacher provides whatever assistance students need to
enable them to engage in learning activities productively.
- The teacher models and instructs students in learning and self-regulation
- Students often benefit from working in pairs or small groups
to construct understandings or help one another master skills.
- The teacher uses a variety of formal and informal assessment
methods to monitor progress toward learning goals.
- The teacher establishes and follows through on appropriate
expectations for learning outcomes.