Evidence Collection - Observations
- The regulations require the use of multiple sources of evidence in educator evaluations. Evidence is based on both artifacts and observations of professional practice, which includes unannounced observations of practice of any duration.
- Feedback from observations may either be presented verbally or in writing. Regardless, evaluators must enter evidence collected during an observation into the online system within 5 days of the observation.
- Observations of practice are not limited to the classroom.
- Observations of practice can range from unannounced 15 minute classroom observations to pre-arranged observations of a class period to a team meeting where teachers analyze student achievement.
- The Effective Teaching Rubric isn’t meant to be used as an observation checklist, but as a comprehensive guide to define proficient practice inside and out of the classroom.
- Collection of evidence, including evidence noted during observations, can and should begin as soon as school commences.
- Observations of practice work best when both evaluators and educators are very familiar with the evaluation criteria, i.e. the Effective Teaching Rubric, being used to assess and strategic considerations like District Priority Areas, School Priorities, and Team goals.
- School leaders need to articulate school priorities (which are aligned with district priorities) and make explicit connections to the rubric. Educators need to make sure they understand which priority areas are observable, and thus, which areas evaluators will be focusing on during observations.
- School leaders should use a system for collecting and organizing observational evidence.
- School leaders should ensure that feedback is evidence-based and includes specific suggestions for improvement.
- Educators should submit artifacts that support evidence collected during an observation, such as lesson plans and examples of assessments and student work.
Classroom Observation in the EDFS
EDFS Observation and Feedback Form
Guidance for Completing Observations in the EDFS
Benjamin Franklyn Middle School Lesson Observation Form
Teacher: Mr. Randy Joseph Grade 6: ELA December 6, 2011 9.30 – 10.00
Topic: Robert Frost and “mood”
Context: The class has been studying Robert Frost poems and how they convey “mood”
The class was seated in a horseshoe seating arrangement. This allowed the students to see each other and the teacher.
The lesson began with Randy reminding the students of the worksheet they completed the day before. Randy then asked the students to recap the main ideas of the poems. He asked students to identify the mood in “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.”
A number of students actively engaged in this discussion and the teacher allowed this discussion to flow. However, Randy did not interject after each student to rephrase what the student said and to ask different questions. Examples of the questions Randy asked the kids were, “When you’re outside on a quiet winter’s night how do you feel?” “How would the mood differ if you lived on a farm opposed to living in the city?”
The students did not use the text to answer questions, and Randy’s questions did not allow for the students to use the text to answer the questions. He accepted their recall and interpretation and praised every student for their input using words such as “Great job,” ”Well done,” and “That’s awesome.”
Randy then gave the students a packet of poems that they hadn’t read yet. He asked the students to read the poems silently. While the students were reading, Randy walked around the room to ensure that they were engaged in the process. By the time Randy had stopped the silent reading, some of the students who were much more fluent readers, had read all the poems whereas the others were only on the first poem.
Randy then asked students to identify the mood in the first poem in the packet. Once again, this led to a good discussion, but Randy did not ask the students to provide evidence from the text.
Randy then gave the students an assignment to start in the lesson and complete for homework. The assignment was to fill in a chart with the titles of Frost’s poems and the moods linked to each poem.
Just before the end of the lesson, Randy asked the students to pack up and get ready for the bell. The students all quietly put their books in their bags and left the room in an orderly fashion when the bell rang.