Q5 Supervision of Chinese Teachers: Using the “Walk-Through” (Lin)

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Supervision of Chinese Teachers: Using the “Walk-Through” (Q5)
Speaker: Yu-Lan Lin

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Q5 Supervision of Chinese Teachers: Using the “Walk-Through” (Lin)

  1. 1. Before, During and After the “Walk-Through” for a School Visit Dr. Yu-Lan Lin World Languages Program Director Boston Public Schools [email_address]
  2. 2. Preparation <ul><li>Formal/informal observation </li></ul><ul><li>Notify the teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Set a time to meet the teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare to share your expectations </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare an instrument for WT </li></ul>
  3. 3. Pre-WT Conference <ul><li>Request the following evidence: </li></ul><ul><li>-Use of standards-based instruction </li></ul><ul><li>-syllabus </li></ul><ul><li>-Rubrics for Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>-feedback approach </li></ul><ul><li>-daily lesson plan </li></ul><ul><li>Explain the procedure: snap shot vs. album </li></ul>
  4. 4. On the “Walk-Through” Day <ul><li>Be on time for the “Walk-Through” </li></ul><ul><li>Bring a watch with the minute indicator </li></ul><ul><li>No interaction with the T or Sts </li></ul><ul><li>Stay for the entire period </li></ul>
  5. 5. In the Classroom <ul><li>Learning objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Agenda for the day </li></ul><ul><li>District/school requirements: </li></ul><ul><li>classroom rules, </li></ul><ul><li>homework assignments; </li></ul><ul><li>grading policy </li></ul><ul><li>Student work </li></ul><ul><li>Visual materials </li></ul><ul><li>Arrangement of furniture </li></ul>
  6. 6. Start-Up Activity <ul><li>Students engaged in a 5-10 minute start-up exercise, e.g. writing characters </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher articulated the objectives and agenda for the class </li></ul><ul><li>Students engaged in brief warm-up and review exercises </li></ul>
  7. 7. Instructional Activities (1) <ul><li>The teacher: </li></ul><ul><li>Used Chinese in class extensively </li></ul><ul><li>Encouraged the students to use Chinese </li></ul><ul><li>Provided varied activities for students to communicate in Chinese </li></ul><ul><li>Kept students focused and engaged in class activities </li></ul>
  8. 8. Instructional Activities (2) <ul><li>Balanced time for four skills </li></ul><ul><li>Four language skills were practiced in contextualized settings </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporated culture in the instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Addressed student learning styles </li></ul><ul><li>The teacher used authentic materials </li></ul>
  9. 9. Non-Communicative Activities <ul><li>Excessive practice on pinyin and 4 tones </li></ul><ul><li>Drilling characters mechanically </li></ul><ul><li>Copying characters without context </li></ul><ul><li>Practice new voc by filling in the blanks </li></ul><ul><li>Students take turn making sentences </li></ul><ul><li>Have students memorize dialogues </li></ul><ul><li>Use textbook and follow workbook exercises that are de-contextualized </li></ul>
  10. 10. Student-centered Activities <ul><li>The teacher: </li></ul><ul><li>Used a variety of student groupings </li></ul><ul><li>Included performance-based tasks </li></ul><ul><li>Used a balance of teacher and student-centered activities </li></ul><ul><li>Students engaged in tasks that reflected higher-order cognitive skills </li></ul>
  11. 11. Assessment <ul><li>The teacher: </li></ul><ul><li>Used informal assessment in class </li></ul><ul><li>Used effective questioning techniques </li></ul><ul><li>Designed summative assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Had students assess their own progress </li></ul><ul><li>Used rubrics to guide their performance-based tasks </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher provided feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Students used class time to share and learn from one another </li></ul>
  12. 12. Post-WT Conference <ul><li>Prepare a written report within a week </li></ul><ul><li>Share the report with teacher </li></ul><ul><li>State the positive aspects </li></ul><ul><li>Identify the area of improvements </li></ul><ul><li>Make constructive suggestions </li></ul><ul><li>Revisit the teacher to monitor the area of improvements </li></ul>

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