What is the Teacher Doing?

Before The Students Work

  • Teaching point is presented orally

  • Makes a connection with - yesterday's lesson -ongoing unit of study -students' work -an experience outside of school

  • Re-introduces key terms, anchor charts, and manipulatives for the topic.

  • Demonstrates or models using the C-R-A framework, graphic organizers, and Think Alouds -Concrete Understanding Using Manipulatives -Representations or Pictorials Drawn -Abstract Using Algorithms and/or Equations

During the Students' Work Period

  • Read the questions/instructions with the students, ask the students to identify the key words and share what they think question is asking.

  • Listens to and watches the students answer the problem.

  • Questioning is aligned with the following formats: -How did you... -Why did you... -What if... -Is this reasonable? -Person A thinks, Person B thinks. Is _________ right?

  • Gives specific, descriptive feedback on their work and encourages students to engage in self- assessment based on the criteria for success. "Is this answer reasonable?"

After the Student Work Period

  • Consolidate student learning

  • Assess students' work independently

  • Provide a related follow up activity

What Are The Students Doing?

  • Actively engaged (using manipulatives, modeling with abstract and concrete representations, problem solving)

  • Able to explain what and why they are learning

  •  Practicing a skill or strategy with the support of the teacher and/or peers

  • Working on tiered activities in at least 2 stations

  • Working on hands-on activities that are worksheet free. Only the Writing Station involves paper.

  • Writing to explain or defend their responses in math journals.

  • Utilizing transformational technology to apply skills beyond Redbird. (ie. Seesaw)

Learning Environment

  • Visual aids are evident.

  • Materials are easily accessible for students and teachers

  • The classroom environment is safe and conducive to learning.

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  • Observation Summary

  • Points to Ponder

  • Evaluator's Signature

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