2A: Creating an Environment of Respect and Rapport (Self

Reflection: 3/4)
  Students politely asked if they could work with a partner. The
teacher allowed this “as long as they were being productive.” He
said he “reserved the right to switch back to individual work if they
got off task.”
  Students are participating in the lesson. They are all engaged in the
webquest activity.
  Students are working together to find the answers to the questions.
  Students are doing the heavy lifting.
  Students ask the teacher when they have a question. There is no
threat of being embarrassed.
  The classroom is safe to take academic risks.
  There is a mutual respect between students and teacher.
  Teacher uses phrases like, “I know you can get this,” “Nice job,”
“Rock on.”
  Students are not disrespectful.
  Students laugh.
2B: Establishing a Culture for Learning (Self Reflection: 3)
  Expectations are clearly communicated by the teacher using
phrases like, “This is what I would like you to do.” Students respond
positively and complete the tasks.
  The teacher has found ways to get students to “buy in” to the
  Students are successfully working together to use the internet as a
tool for research and learning.
  The teacher has shown the students that he is passionate about the
subject of US History. He is enthusiastic and energetic.
  Light music is being played while the students are working.
   “You’re getting this!”

2C: Managing Classroom Procedures (Self Reflection: 3)
  Teacher seamlessly completed classroom procedures like posting
attendance while students were getting set up. It did not cause a
disruption to the learning.
  Teacher introduced the assignment by saying “here is how today is
going to go…” It allowed students to have a clear understanding of
the expectations for the day and the way things would go.
  Students worked together to delegate questions and responsibilities
within their groups. This was student led.
2D: Managing Student Behavior (Self Reflection: 3)

  Poor student behavior was not an issue during the observation. This
suggests that students are aware of the teacher’s expectations and
work to make sure they are met.
  Teacher circulated the classroom to assist students and to make
sure they remained on task.
  Students kept their cell phones put away.
  Students were not off task.
  Students were asked once to “hone back in on the activity.” The
teacher asked students to “make sure all of their conversations
were related to content.”
2E: Organizing Physical Space (Self Reflection: 3)
  Desks are organized in rows.
  Decorations around the classroom are a mix of content and
personal. The classroom is decorated in a way that makes it inviting
and fun. The mood is comfortable and relaxed. Students are
comfortable in this classroom.
  Students moved their desks together so they could work better
3A: Communication with the Students (Self Reflection: 3)
  Teacher communicated the expectations for the lesson at the
beginning of class.
o “Here is how the class period is going to go today…”
o “I know you guys are capable of getting the content you need
without me standing up here lecturing the whole period.”
o “I think you guys are going to find some interesting things in
this web quest that you didn’t know before. I enjoyed doing it
myself, too.”
  Teacher sat down next to students to talk with them individually
when they had questions.
  Teacher knelt down on multiple occasions to eliminate the gap
between he and the students. It helped create a more comfortable
and caring environment within the classroom.
  “Make sure you pay particular attention to this.”
  “There are two questions that have the same answer.”
3B: Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques (Self Reflection:
  On an individual level, the teacher asked student’s questions that
helped them further their understanding of the content. When they
would raise their hand, the teacher would come to their desk and
talk with them about the question.
o “Why do you think people might’ve wanted to expand

o “Who did they blame for the Maine sinking? Was it actually
their fault?”
o “What was an argument against expansionism?”
o “Which territories did the U.S. gain from the SpanishAmerican War?”
o “Why did they call it a ‘splendid little war?’”
3C: Engaging Students in Learning (Self Reflection: 4)
  All students were engaged in the web quest.
  Students asked if they could work with a partner on the webquest.
  Students moved their desks together so they could work more
  Teacher circulated to make sure students were engaged.
  Students were responding to questions posed by the teacher on an
individual level.
  Teacher was circulating and asking questions to check for content
  Students were asked to take a modern headline and re-write it in
the style of a yellow journalist.
  “These are great answers.”
  “I appreciate you working on this.”
  “Are you guys getting this?”
3D: Using Assessment in Instruction (Self Reflection: 3)
  While the students worked, the teacher circulated, providing
specific feedback to individual students.
  The teacher used questions that required students to prove their
understanding of the content they were researching.
  Students completed a Google Classroom question that asked the
difference between muckraking and yellow journalism.
3E: Demonstrating Flexibility and Responsiveness (Self Reflection:
  Students asked the teacher if they could work together to complete
the webquest. The teacher demonstrated flexibility and
responsiveness by allowing them to do this.
  As students had issues with finding answers, the teacher came to
them and encouraged them. He led them to the answer by using
questioning techniques. He also pointed them to the right bit of
information on the websites they were exploring.
  Teacher found ways to engage students individually as they were
having unique issues finding information.
  When the students couldn’t find certain information, the teacher
said “it is alright if you use other resources to find the answers.

Remember that you have your textbook. It has a lot of the same
information in it.”