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ARTICLES RE: TEACHER OBSERVATIONS

A window into best teaching practices by Amy B Wang  (Azcentral). PV district using 2-way mirrors, live video to help train educators.

Invisible learning by Jim Dillon (SmartBlog). Lessons learned from a classroom observation. Conversations about the nature of learning should be happening between educators and their peers and educators and school administrators, veteran educator and administrator Jim Dillon writes in this blog post. He reflects on lessons learned after observing a kindergarten teacher's class.

Rethinking Classroom Observation by Emily Dolci Grimm, Trent Kaufman and Dave Doty (ASCD)

Saying What You Mean Without Being Mean by Marceta Reilly (ASCD). How to give a colleague feedback that will both promote change and preserve your professional relationship.

The Formative Evaluation of Teaching Performance by Dyan Wiliam (Centre for Strategic Education). (PDF-24pages)

Tips for effective classroom observations by Naphtali Hoff (SmartBlog). Classroom observations serve a variety of purposes -- for both teachers and principals -- but they can sometimes be ineffective and, at worst, disruptive, former educator and school administrator Naphtali Hoff writes in this blog post. Hoff offers several suggestions to help educators make observations more productive and positive. 

What Happens When Instructional Rounds Go District-Wide? by Elena Aguilar (Edutopia)

When Teacher Observation Goes Horribly Wrong by Mark T. Kissling (Education Week). In Mark T. Kissling's first year of teaching, it took an embarrassing moment in the classroom for him to realize the importance of lightening up and making room for unplanned events.

 

 

FEEDBACK FOR TEACHERS

Better teacher feedback can accelerate student learning by Jean Madden-Cazares (EdSource). The San Diego County Office of Education will host workshops for educators about the "targeted feedback" method developed by the Center for Educational Leadership at the University of Washington. In this commentary, Jean Madden-Cazares, assistant superintendent at the Office of Education, shares what the model looks like in practice. 

Critical Friends: Building a Culture of Collaboration by Jennifer Pieratt (Teaching Channel). Getting honest, constructive peer feedback on classroom instruction is essential to helping teachers improve their practice, school-development coach Jennifer Pieratt writes in this blog post. She offers ideas and resources for developing processes, such as the "critical friends" protocol to help teachers brainstorm lessons for educators' collaboration and peer learning. 

Four Ways To Give Effective Feedback To Teachers by Robyn Jackson (ASCD). "Choosing the right kind of feedback makes all the difference, as the goal of feedback is to inspire and motivate teachers to improve, not to provide ineffective information that will ultimately be ignored," writes ASCD Conference on Educational Leadership presenter Robyn Jackson. In a recent Inservice post, Jackson stresses the importance of giving teachers effective feedback, shares four types of feedback, and explains when each type is best used. 

Hacking Feedback: Seeking And Receiving Feedback From Students by Sean McComb (Teaching Channel). Why student feedback is important. High-school English teacher Sean McComb writes in this blog post about how feedback from students helps him reflect on and improve his teaching practice. He shares how he used student-led focus groups and surveys to gather feedback. 

How to use feedback to your advantage by Naphtali Hoff (SmartBlog). Teachers will undoubtedly receive feedback -- solicited and otherwise -- executive coach and consultant Naphtali Hoff writes in this blog post. He offers ways for educators to make good use of feedback, including being thankful and making changes. 

Practice what you preach by Naphtali Hoff (SmartBlog). Teachers are used to giving a lot of feedback, but they most certainly will get feedback as well -- both wanted and unwanted -- asserts Naphtali Hoff, an executive coach and former educator. In this blog post, he shares tips to help teachers respond to unwanted feedback and use the comments constructively to improve as educators and leaders. 

Teachers Need More Feedback From Other Teachers by Ali Wright (Education Week). Schools need to consider structures that provide teachers with opportunities to observe one another more frequently, high school teacher Ali Wright argues. 

Tips for Giving Feedback by Elena Aguilar (Education Week Teacher)

 

 

 

FEEDBACK FROM STUDENTS

3 Ways of Getting Student Feedback to Improve Your Teaching by Vicki Davis (Edutopia)

Grading Teachers, With Data From Class by Farhad Manjoo (NY Times). Some school districts have adopted a computer-based system that evaluates teacher performance based on student questionnaires. Among other things, the surveys seek to gauge how teachers connect with students and how well academic material is conveyed in the classroom. 

Sample Student Survey Questions (Tripod Project)

Student Perceptions Surveys (Tripod Project)

 

 

PEER OBSERVATION

Cultivating A Culture For Peer Observations by Emily Dolci Grimm, Trent Kaufman, & Dave Doty (ASCD Inservice)

 

 

TEACHER EVALUATION

Getting Classroom Observations Right by Grover J. "Russ" Whitehurst, Matthew M. Chingos and Katharine M. Lindquist (Education Next). Teacher-evaluation scores should consider the student populations in specific classrooms, according to researchers who analyzed four school districts' evaluation models. This is one of three recommendations researchers share for improving teacher evaluations. 

In Jeffco, a school where teacher evaluations are a team effort by Kate Schimel (Chalkbeat)

Teacher Evaluations: Too Much Science, Not Enough Art? by Robert A. Frahm (CT Mirror)

 

 

TEACHER REFLECTION

Reflective teaching: Exploring our own classroom practice (BBC). Includes a pdf 'Relection Sheet' should you wish to download it.

 

 

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