We are going to have a great semester, lots of learning at many levels. Please read the introduction page and get started on the preparatory work. I will have the remaining week’s pages posted after the New Year. If you are very enthusiastic, the assignments and resources needed to complete them are on the course schedule.
See you all on January 16 at 6 p.m. in the Blackboard web meeting space.
10 Tips for a Great Classroom Observation
When a visitor plans an observation or classroom visit, do your best to make that person feel welcome and focused. Here are 10 things you can do to make a perfect classroom visit:
•Confirm the visit the day before, and let your visitor know if there are any schedule changes.
•Let the school secretary know that you are expecting a visitor, and be sure your host teacher knows as well.
•Provide a place to hang the jacket, a plug-in for the laptop, and access an Internet code if necessary.
•Provide an adult sized chair and a work surface.
•The work-space should allow for a good view of the student teacher and the children. This might be at the teacher’s desk or at a table in the back of the room.
•Provide a schedule for the day.
•Provide a complete lesson plan, especially for a formal observation.
•You can help the observer by making a note of anything in particular to watch for (“Do I ask questions to everyone in the room?” “Do I use wait time?”)
•If possible, arrange for debriefing time after the observation.
•Thank your supervisor, colleague, host teacher or principal for feedback and suggestions, and put those suggestions into action.