Completed Formal Classroom Observation Form
(Once participants have filled in and discussed the blank Formal Classroom Observation Form, facilitators should hand out copies of this completed form)
Formal Classroom Observation Form
Directions: This form is to be used for probationary teachers and teachers with continuing contract status. Observers should use the form to provide feedback to teachers about the observation.
October 11, 2012
The teacher is: Probationary Continuing Contract
1. Professional Knowledge
The teacher demonstrates an understanding of the curriculum, subject content, and the
developmental needs of students by providing relevant learning experiences.
Effectively addresses appropriate curriculum
Demonstrates skills relevant to the subject
Integrates key content elements and facilitates
Bases instruction on goals that reflect high
students' use of higher level thinking skills in
expectations and an understanding of the
Demonstrates ability to link present content with past Demonstrates an understanding of the
and future learning experiences, other subject areas,
intellectual, social, emotional, and physical
and real-world experiences and applications.
development of the age group.
Demonstrates an accurate knowledge of the subject Communicates clearly and checks for
Comments: Addresses appropriate curriculum standards and integrates key content elements - lesson objectives aligned to third grade mathematics standards - (Observation and Documentation) Facilitates students' use of higher-level thinking skills in instruction - mathematics task using manipulatives to analyze arrays necessitates use of creative and higher-level thinking skills; asked both lower level and higher level questions during discussion - (Observation) Links present content with past and future learning experiences, other subject areas, and real-world experiences and applications - connected to prior lessons on arrays and art class work on columns (Observation) Content knowledge is appropriate for the lesson (Observations and Documentation) Exhibits pedagogical skills relevant to the subject area(s) taught and best practice based on current research - abstract to concrete with manipulative use; graphic organizers; working in pairs to support learning and academic conversations ? some students needed more assistance during guided practice more scaffolding needed - (Observation)
Bases instruction on goals that reflect high expectations for all students and a clear understanding of the curriculum - guided practice was challenging to all students [too challenging for some]; higher level students given additional numbers to consider - (Observation)
2. Instructional Planning
The teacher plans using the Virginia Standards of Learning, the school's curriculum, effective
strategies, resources, and data to meet the needs of all students.
Uses student learning data to guide planning. Plans time realistically for pacing, content mastery,
and transitions. Plans for differentiated instruction.
Aligns lesson objectives to the school's curriculum and student learning needs.
Develops appropriate long- and short-range plans and adapts plans when needed.
Arrays lesson is aligned to lesson objectives and curriculum (Documentation)
A variety of resources are used for the mathematics lesson to include a storybook and SMARTBoard
Important components of lesson built in - direct instruction, modeling, student practice, student
sharing, metacognition - (Documentation)
Integrates literacy into math instruction - (Documentation)
Lesson is coherent, sequenced, and aligned to curriculum standards (Documentation)
Lesson requires deep, critical, and creative thinking and understanding of concepts (Documentation)
Instructional strategies and practices are relevant to content area (Documentation)
3. Instructional Delivery
The teacher effectively engages students in learning by using a variety of instructional strategies
in order to meet individual learning needs.
Engages and maintains students in active learning. Uses a variety of effective instructional strategies
Builds upon students' existing knowledge and
Uses instructional technology to enhance student
Differentiates instruction to meet the students'
Communicates clearly and checks for
Reinforces learning goals consistently throughout
Engages and interests students during the whole group portion of the lesson. When students work
in pairs, engagement is inconsistent. Higher level students are engaged, lower level students having
difficulties are distracted by the tasking - (Observation)
Builds on prior knowledge about columns and rows, but many children are confused - a graphic
depicting this would have been helpful. Perhaps more practice differentiating columns and rows
would have benefitted students prior to the lesson. More time practicing together with some
students was needed - (Observation)
Uses a variety of instructional strategies to promote learning - manipulatives, direct instruction,
guided practice, discussion, graphic organizers, student pairs. However, many of the confused
students were paired together. Perhaps a multi-ability level pairing would have been better -
Reinforces learning goals consistently throughout the lesson - introduces lesson objective and
continues to remind, restate, and reinforce what they are doing. However, it took a long time for
students to understand. Even at the conclusion of the lesson there were still students who did not
have a clear understanding - (Observation)
Communicates and presents material clearly, and checks for understanding - clear communication
and regular checks for understanding. However, when so many students are having difficulties, it
would make sense to regroup and work with those students together as it was clear that many were
having difficulties - (Observation)
4. Assessment of and for Student Learning
The teacher systematically gathers, analyzes, and uses all relevant data to measure student
academic progress, guide instructional content and delivery methods, and provide timely
feedback to both students and parents throughout the school year.
Uses pre-assessment data to develop expectations Uses assessment tools for both formative and
for students, to differentiate instruction, and to
summative purposes and uses grading practices that
report final mastery in relationship to content goals
Involves students in setting learning goals and
monitoring their own progress.
Uses assessment tools for both formative and
Uses a variety of assessment strategies and instruments that are valid and appropriate for the
summative purposes to inform, guide, and adjust students' learning.
content and for the student population.
Gives constructive and frequent feedback to
Aligns student assessment with established
students on their learning.
curriculum standards and benchmarks.
Uses mathematics arrays Quick Check to assess student learning - (Observation and Documentation)
Asks questions of students throughout lesson to ascertain understanding ? formative assessment -
Periodically has students complete student reflection for her knowledge and students' knowledge -
5. Learning Environment
The teacher uses resources, routines, and procedures to provide a respectful, positive, safe,
student-centered environment that is conducive to learning.
Arranges the classroom to maximize learning
Promotes cultural sensitivity.
while providing a safe environment.
Respects students' diversity, including language,
Establishes clear expectations, with student input,
culture, race, gender, and special needs.
for classroom rules and procedures early in the school year, and enforces them consistently and fairly. Maximizes instructional time and minimizes disruptions.
Actively listens and pays attention to students' needs and responses.
Maximizes instructional learning time by working with students individually as well as in small groups or whole groups.
Establishes a climate of trust and teamwork by
being fair, caring, respectful, and enthusiastic.
Observed little inappropriate behavior - off task behavior is dealt with by either a look or a
redirection which resulted in students getting back on task - (Observation)
Expectations for classroom rules, routines, and procedures are posted and clearly followed - students
followed directions and understood behavioral expectations; teacher seldom had to remind anyone
of expectations - (Observation and Documentation)
Models caring, fairness, respect, and enthusiasm for learning - contagious enthusiasm; caring and
respectful to all - (Observation)
Promotes a climate of trust and teamwork within the classroom - encourages students to help one
another and to work nicely together - (Observation)
Actively listens and pays attention to students' needs and responses - takes time to listen carefully to
all students and to acknowledge their contributions - (Observation)
Creates a warm, attractive, inviting, and supportive classroom environment - Teacher A is
supportive and nurturing while still expecting much from all students - (Observation)
Arranges the classroom materials and resources to facilitate group and individual activities - has
stations for different content areas to facilitate instruction - (Observation)
The teacher maintains a commitment to professional ethics, communicates effectively, and takes
responsibility for and participates in professional growth that results in enhanced student
Collaborates and communicates effectively within Works in a collegial and collaborative manner
the school community to promote students' wellbeing and success.
with administrators, other school personnel, and the community.
Adheres to federal and state laws, school policies, and ethical guidelines.
Incorporates learning from professional growth
Builds positive and professional relationships with parents/guardians through frequent and effective communication concerning students' progress.
opportunities into instructional practice. Sets goals for improvement of knowledge and
skills. Engages in activities outside the classroom
intended for school and student enhancement.
Serves as a contributing member of the school's professional learning community through collaboration with teaching colleagues.
Demonstrates consistent mastery of standard oral and written English in all communication.
Demonstrates professionalism in dress, speech, and manner with students and adult in
classroom - (Observation)
Participates in professional development - "Inquiry-Based Learning" PD - (Documentation)
Communicates with parents on a regular basis - (Documentation)
7. Student Academic Progress
The work of the teacher results in acceptable, measurable, and appropriate student academic
Sets acceptable, measurable, and appropriate achievement goals for student learning progress based on baseline data.
Documents the progress of each student throughout the year.
Provides evidence that achievement goals have been met, including the state-provided growth measure when available as well as other measures of academic progress.
Uses available performance outcome data to continually document and communicate student progress and develop interim learning targets.
Teacher's Name Teacher's Signature _______________________________________ Date Observer's Name Observer's Signature ______________________________________ Date
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