Systematic Observation

Categories for observation

Opportunity to Learn

New information and skills (content) are available to learn
Information and skills are modeled, examples are given
Information and skills are of appropriate challenge for this group
Materials to learn the content are available
Time is allocated for learning the content
Practice time is provided
Students know: what is expected of them, why they are doing what they do,
and how well they are doing
Feedback from teacher is frequent and focused ("this is right because....")
Praise is limited to direct feedback
Student rehearsal, successful performance, and review are apparent
Rules and logistics are tied to work and learning
Absent: Class is not too rowdy, noisy for learning
Teacher is not too harsh, intimidating for learning


Equal Opportunity to Learn: The Opportunity to Learn items above are applied equally (equitably) by:

Sex of student; Achievement levels, Physical condition, Ethnic, Appearance


Domains and Levels of Learning are Well Represented

Domains: Affective, Cognitive, Psychomotor

Levels: knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, evaluation

Time is used defensibly

whole class, individual, small group, activity center, directions, transitions,

non-academic, organization, student-determined