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Becoming An Effective Observer – Part I


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This course is for new evaluators or for those who want to refresh basic observation practices during a classroom observation focused on what we see and hear during a lesson. This course is considered a “beginning” level introducing strategies, tools and resources related to evaluator practices.It is important to note that the skills required for evidence-based observation should be applied and practiced to build capacity over time. Successful evidence collection begins with a strong understanding of a district’s framework so it is recommended that evaluators only begin this course with that understanding.

Learning Targets:

Understand the value of evidence-based observation in the evaluation and coaching process.

Determine how and when to collect each type of data.

Apply effective and efficient strategies for evidence collection

Final Assessment:

Utilize the suggested practices in this course in a live observation and through reflection, determine value, effectiveness…

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Goals of Classroom Observation

Warm Up FIX Write a prompt that sends them to the forum. It can be a self-assessment or activating prior knowledge like activity. Look back at your evidence list from…

Evidence Collection Methods

Setting the Context There are many ways to effectively use your tools to collect comprehensive evidence. There are no wrong or right methods. However, we suggest classroom observers develop strategies…