Essay Classroom Teacher Observation Report

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A. Evaluation Form or Observation Protocol
The evaluation form that was used to evaluate a classroom teacher’s performance is a rubric used by the school district (Hillsborough County Public Schools, 2012).
A1. Performance Factors
The teacher was rated using a rubric with specific criteria in four domains including planning and preparation, the classroom environment, instruction, and professional responsibilities (Hillsborough County Public Schools, 2012). Within each of these domains are components which are the performance factors that are relevant to classroom teachers. In domain one the components include: demonstrating knowledge of content and pedagogy, demonstrating knowledge of students, setting instructional outcomes,
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When the teacher was talking about how the students would do during the lesson, she did reflect that there were some that would grasp the concept easily, but others that were still having a difficult time with identifying letters and sounds so would struggle with this lesson. I immediately thought that it might be effective to incorporate differentiated instruction which was not mentioned during the pre-conference. The teacher planned a variety of activities such as songs, word card and letter match, and center activities. When I listened to the teacher describe the lesson, I noticed there was a lack of text being included. I know that best practice is to teach phonics-based skills within text, so this was a concern for me.
Reflecting on the pre-conference I know that the teacher does use data to show that her students need the skills, but plans lessons based on the whole group. This is a new teacher in the district, and she is still trying to learn the curriculum and the Common Core foundational skills. She seems to be struggling on how to integrate the skills into the daily reading block.
C. Completed Evaluation Form
The results of the observation are attached. The areas that were rated are marked with a red letter X.
D1. Recommendations for Improvement in Teacher’s Performance Based on the results from the observed lesson the
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