Observing the (common core) classroom

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What are you really looking for in a classroom observation? In what ways are you observing the teaching? In what ways are you observing the learning? How are you making connections between the two?

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Observing the (common core) classroom

  1. 1. 1 Observing the (Common Core) Classroom
  2. 2. 2 Why observe? • Routines, classroom management, use of time • Teaching strategies • Provide insight from an “outsider” perspective • See how students respond, react, engage: see how students learn
  3. 3. 3 Taking stock • What are your expectations for the Common Core classroom, and why? • How does the Common Core classroom differ from the non-Common Core classroom, and why? • List the top 3 things of students and/or teachers you expect to see and hear in any Common Core classroom
  4. 4. 4 A little monkey business Monkey Business (http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=IGQmdoK_ZfY) •We are all guilty of “selective attention” •Now You See It: How Technology and Brain Science Will Transform Schools and Business for the 21st Century, Cathy N. Davidson •Think about what you want to see and what you expect to see •Think about how best to know what you should see and/or look for
  5. 5. 5 Taking stock • What are your expectations for the Common Core classroom, and why? • How does the Common Core classroom differ from the non-Common Core classroom, and why? • List the top 3 things of students and/or teachers you expect to see and hear in any Common Core classroom
  6. 6. 6 The top 3 • Discuss with your colleagues what each of your top 3 look like and/or sound like in the classroom; that is, how you know you have observed any one or all of your top 3 • With your colleagues, draft a 3-point scale rubric for each of your top 3 • Feel free to amend your top 3 • Feel free to make notes of additional qualities or characteristics you might want to observe
  7. 7. 7 Preparing for observation • Create a graphic organizer for your top 3 for each of the video clips we’re going to watch • Develop your own or work with colleagues at your table • We will share out your graphic organizers to repurpose ideas and perspectives on observations and observation criteria
  8. 8. 8 To the video
  9. 9. 9 • Laura Kretchmer teaches her 5th and 6th graders the meaning of division by fractions. • She also lets them make their own discoveries by working with partners to solve a problem. • Laura says the new standards have empowered her to focus on helping students master thinking and self-directed learning, as well as skill building. As a result, she says teaching and learning math has become much more engaging. • For the Love of Math (http://bcove.me/0c9nhanz)
  10. 10. 10 Review and discuss • What did you observe? What did you hear? • What correlated to your top 3 and in what ways? • What seems to be making the most difference in student learning? • What would you change about your top 3, and why?
  11. 11. 11 Teaching Channel • Kick Me • Differentiating with Learning Menus • My Favorite No • College Talk: Improving Students’ Vocabulary • When Lesson Plans Fail
  12. 12. 12 Review and discuss • What did you observe? What did you hear? • What correlated to your top 3 and in what ways? • What seems to be making the most difference in student learning?
  13. 13. 13 Review and discuss • What did you observe? What did you hear? • What correlated to your top 3 and in what ways? • What seems to be making the most difference in student learning? • What would you change about your top 3, and why?
  14. 14. 14 Why observe? • Routines, classroom management, use of time • Teaching strategies • Provide insight from an “outsider” perspective • See how students respond, react, engage: see how students learn
  15. 15. 15 Taking stock • What are your expectations for the Common Core classroom, and why? • How does the Common Core classroom differ from the non-Common Core classroom, and why? • List the top 3 things of students and/or teachers you expect to see and hear in any Common Core classroom
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  17. 17. 17 Elaine J. Roberts, Ph.D. dr.ejroberts@yahoo.com ejroberts@p20partners.com Skype: ej_roberts Twitter: elainej www.irreverent-learning.com

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