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What are your favorite observation tools?

Feb 5, 2014 11:54am

I often do selective scripting when observing the teachers I coach, but am looking for other tools. Please share your favorites!

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    • Feb 8, 2014 7:14pm

      As a teacher, I have appreciated various data gathering. Some observers have drawn a quick map of the room and marked lines where I tended to walk as I deliver direct instruction. Another piece was a "time on task" where the principal would choose 2 or 3 students at random and check in with them every 10 seconds or so for a few minutes and just mark a + if they were on task or a - if they were not. A final helpful data tool is the ratio of interaction. Again just a + for positive comments I make to my students and a - for redirecting, management, or punitive comments. These have all been informative and easy for goal setting or areas of improvement.

      • Feb 7, 2014 6:30pm


        I like to use the state evaluation tool when I'm observing. Teachers are so cognizant of the rubrics and they all want to be successful. If an observer can highlight strengths and note suggestions for strands that teachers may struggle with, it will not only improve the teacher's practice but will improve their performance with their evaluator. If teachers can reflect on their practice in a non-threatening way with a coach, it gives the coach an opportunity to provide scripting that is related to a specific area of the rubric.