Tools for Learning Schools, Winter 2015, Vol. 18, No. 2
CONNECTED CLASSROOMS: Teacher teams use protocols to observe and improve practice
Teachers and coaches in a Michigan school district use observation protocols during classroom visits to strengthen collaborative learning and instructional practices.
Tool: Preobservation host meeting
Use this form to guide a planning discussion with the host teacher to understand the focus of the observation.
Tool: Preobservation meeting
This tool reminds participants of the norms for an observation and helps the group understand the context of the lesson and clarify their focus for observation.
Tool: Classroom observation
This observation process is most successful when observers can highlight the specific actions and practices they see. Use this form to record details during the lesson.
Tool: Postobservation debrief
When the facilitator leads the debrief, this protocol helps focus the discussion and records key implications and lessons.