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Observation Techniques and Forms




   Basic Two-Column Form
   
   Use of Time Technique

Explanation:

This technique gives the teacher information about the pacing of the class and the amount of student engagement.

Procedure:

Record the time for each activity and any observations about student engagement for that activity.

   
   Observation Checklist

Explanation:

This form includes a list of teacher behaviors that are conducive to a successful lesson.

Procedure:

Comment on each behavior. The word version allows observes to edit the behaviors to fit the needs of a specific classroom.

   
Danielson Observation Form - Be sure to open this form in Adobe Reader or Acrobat, not Preview.  It will NOT save your work properly in Preview.

Explanation:

This form is aligned to the Danielson Framework (all 4 Domains). It was created by the College of Education at the University of Illinois, but is available for use by any cooperating teacher.

Procedure:

Prior to the observation, determine one or two areas of focus for Domains 2 and 3. Mark the predetermined areas with an "X" on the form. Record Evidence and Suggestions/Next Steps for the predetermined areas. If applicable, also record Evidence and Suggestions/Next Steps for Domain 1 (from conversations regarding planning) and Domain 4 (from conversations regarding reflection).

   
Verbal Flow Technique

Explanation:

This technique gives the teacher information about equitable class participation the type of student responses.

Procedure:

Record students' verbal participation by using symbols on a seating chart to indicate who responds and how. Use a symbol each time a student speaks.

   
On-Task Technique

Explanation:

This technique shows the individual student's attention at each task. It gives the teacher informatiion about the on-task behavior of specific students. It also shows the overall student engagement for a specific activity.

Procedure:

Write the time and activity on the chart at the top of the form. Scan the room ever 5 - 10 minutes and record the approriate symbol for each student on the seating chart next to the number corresponding to the activity.

   
   Video Tape Reflection

Explanation:

This form is a self-observation used while watching a videotaped lesson.

Procedure:

Videotape a lesson. Use this form to rate yourself on behaviors that are conducive to a successful lesson.




 
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