Observation Guides

Observation guides may be used any time there are observers in a classroom, whether it is a public lesson, a demonstration classroom visit or other more or less formal opportunities for extra sets of ears and eyes in the classroom. In our research, even very experienced teachers have been surprised by the challenge of making precise observations and keeping notes about everything that is happening in the lesson. It is very easy for observers to go off on a tangent, scribbling frantically to keep up with the pace and complexity of the classroom. We have found these guides to be very helpful in collecting valuable data and in focusing the discussions on areas that teachers are interested in examining closely.

Some tips to help make optimal use of the observation guides: