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Practicum student

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SUPERVISOR’S FORMAL OBSERVATION REPORT
Racquel Bursee
Date: 4/18/16

Supervisor: R. Hauser
School: Springville
Subject:

Grade Level: 12

Career preparation

Observation: 1, 2, 3, __, __

Lesson Topic: interviewing
Teaching Model/Methodology

Direct instruction

ST. BONAVENTURE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF EDUCATION MISSION STATEMENT
The St. Bonaventure University School of Education prepares highly qualified, effective educators at the graduate and undergraduate levels. The Franciscan
commitment to social justice through respect for diversity and the dignity and worth of the individual provides the foundation for our work with university
students and school communities. Our state and nationally accredited programs integrate theory with practice and meet rigorous academic and professional
standards. Our collaborative and highly qualified faculty members guide candidates on their journey of professional and personal discovery.


Competence – Professionals a) use reflective research models to improve professional practice and consistently apply professional standards for content and
pedagogy within their disciplines; b) use and incorporate a variety of tools and strategies, including technology and communication formats; c) demonstrate
professionalism in interactions, appearance, and behaviors; d) construct learning environments and experiences using data-driven decision making; and e)
demonstrate culturally-responsive practice.
Experience – Professionals a) are accepting of feedback and engage in reflective practice; b) create learning environments based on research and best
practice; and c) work as an active part of a learning community.
Social Justice – Professionals a) demonstrate respect for the diversity, dignity and worth of individuals, and b) create effective learning environments that
recognize commonalities while affirming diversity in all its forms.

Target
Acceptable
1:Learner Development and Individual Learning Differences
Beginning special education professionals understand how
Target: consistently demonstrates a respect for
exceptionalities may interact with development and learning and use
Good
Satisfactory
and understanding of learner differences through
this knowledge to provide meaningful and challenging learning
use of respectful person-first language and
experiences for individuals with exceptionalities
development of appropriate learning experiences.
Good: May need some support to consider learner
X
Key elements:
differences in the development of learning
1.1
Beginning
special
education
professionals
understand
how
experiences.
language, culture, and family background influence the learning of
Satisfactory: requires occasional reminders to
individuals with exceptionalities
consider learning characteristics during lesson
X
1.2 Beginning special education professionals use understanding of
design and occasional reminders to use respectful
development and individual differences to respond to the needs of
person-first language.
individuals with exceptionalities.
Unacceptable: requires consistent reminders to
consider learner characteristics during lesson
development and implementation and to use
respectful person-first language.
Comments: Racquel has a very good understanding of the culture of the school and the social learning needs of students in this developmental age.

Target: Clearly expects and values differences
among students. Materials, examples, and tasks
are differentiated as needed prior to lesson
delivery to address various dimensions of
student diversity. Planning incorporates
opportunities for socialization and selfdetermination.
Good: Values differences among students,
modifies materials “after the fact” to address
various dimensions of student diversity.
Satisfactory: Is accepting of individual
differences among students and allows some
variability in the teaching and learning
environment.
Unacceptable: Does not accept different types
of performance from students. There seems to
be a “one best way” approach to learning. There
is little acknowledgement of student cultural
family, and educational differences.

2: Learning Environments
Beginning special education professionals create safe, inclusive,
culturally responsive learning environments so that individuals with
exceptionalities become active and effective learners and develop
emotional well - being, positive social interactions, and self determination.

Target

2.1 Beginning special education professionals through collaboration
with general educators and other colleagues create safe, inclusive,
culturally responsive learning environments to engage individuals
with exceptionalities in meaningful learning activities and social
interactions.

X

Good

X

2.2 Beginning special education professionals use motivational and
instructional interventions to teach individuals with exceptionalities
how to adapt to different environments.
2.3 Beginning special education professionals know how to intervene
safely and appropriately with individuals with exceptionalities in crisis.

Acceptable

X

Satisfactory

Unacceptable

Unacceptable

Comments: This lesson was highly structured and focused on an important life skill. Student motivation was very high because the materials and procedures were relevant and ageappropriate.

Target: Lesson design and delivery reflect
strong understanding of curricular content as
well as pedagogical content knowledge.
Candidate demonstrates a depth of
understanding beyond that needed for lesson
delivery
Good: Lesson design and delivery reflect
strong understanding of curricular content as
well as pedagogical content knowledge.
Satisfactory: Lesson content is error-free and
candidate demonstrates good pedagogical
content knowledge
Unacceptable: Lesson plan and delivery
contain foundational errors in content

3: Curricular Content Knowledge
Beginning special education professionals use knowledge of general
and specialized curricula to individualize learning for individuals
with exceptionalities.

Target

3.1 Beginning special education professionals understand the central
concepts, structures of the discipline, and tools of inquiry of the
content areas they teach , and can organize this knowledge, integrate
cross-disciplinary skills, and develop meaningful learning
progressions for individuals with exceptionalities

X

3.2 Beginning special education professionals understand and use
general and specialized content knowledge for teaching across
curricular content areas to individualize learning for individuals with
exceptionalities

X

3.3 Beginning special education professionals modify general and
specialized curricula to make them accessible to individuals with
exceptionalities

X

Acceptable
Good

Unacceptable

Satisfactory

Comments:
Verbal supports and visual models were provided to reinforce learning through multiple modalities.

Target: Spontaneously utilizes appropriate
assessment techniques for students with ELN.
Good: Needs occasional reminders to utilize
appropriate assessment techniques for students
with ELN.
Satisfactory: Needs consistent reminders and
support to utilize appropriate assessment
techniques for students with ELN.
Unacceptable: Assessments are often
inappropriate for students with ELN

4: Assessment
Beginning special education professionals use multiple methods of
assessment and data-sources in making educational decisions.

Target

Acceptable
Good

Satisfactory

4.1Beginning special education professionals select and use
technically sound formal and informal assessments that minimize
bias.

X

4.2 Beginning special education professionals use knowledge of
measurement principles and practices to interpret assessment results
and guide educational decisions for individuals with exceptionalities.

X

4.3 Beginning special education professionals in collaboration with
colleagues and families use multiple types of assessment information
in making decisions about individuals with exceptionalities.

X

Unacceptable

X

4.4 Beginning special education professionals engage individuals
with exceptionalities to work toward quality learning and
performance and provide feedback to guide them

Comments: Assessment is evident in the delivery of the lesson, however not evident in the written plan. I encourage Racquel to clarify in her written plan exactly how she is
going to assess the learning targets for the lesson.
5: Instructional Planning and Strategies
Beginning special education professionals select, adapt, and use a
repertoire of evidence-based instructional strategies to advance
learning of individuals with exceptionalities.

Target: Utilizes appropriate technologies,
modeling, and guided practice to consistently
address the needs of students with ELN; adjusts
teaching based on evaluation of student’s
learning progress.
Good: May need occasional support in
determining appropriate uses of technology or
utilization of special or general education
curricula.
Satisfactory: Occasionally utilizes appropriate
technologies; may or may not provide
sufficient modeling and practice for students
with ELN; needs occasional reminder to utilize
student learning progress with designing
instruction.
Unacceptable: Does not consistently utilize
appropriate models, practice and technologies
in designing lessons and activities to meet
student needs; does not consider students
learning progress when developing instruction.

Target

5.1 Beginning special education professionals consider an
individual’s abilities, interests, learning environments, and cultural
and linguistic factors in the selection, development, and adaptation
of learning experiences for individual with exceptionalities.

X

5.2 Beginning special education professionals use technologies to
support instructional assessment, planning, and delivery for
individuals with exceptionalities.

X

5.3 Beginning special education professionals are familiar with
augmentative and alternative communication systems and a variety
of assistive technologies to support the communication and learning
of individuals with exceptionalities.

X

5.4 Beginning special education professionals use strategies to
enhance language development and communication skills of
individuals with exceptionalities

X

5.5 Beginning special education professionals develop and
implement a variety of education and transition plans for
individuals with exceptionalities across a wide range of settings and
different learning experiences in collaboration with individuals,
families, and teams.

X

5.6 Beginning special education professionals teach to mastery and
promote generalization of learning.

X

5.7 Beginning special education professionals teach crossdisciplinary knowledge and skills such as critical thinking and
problem solving to individuals with exceptionalities.

X

Acceptable
Good
Satisfactory

Unacceptable

Comments: This lesson incorporated academic content and functional content to best meet student learning needs. This lesson was specifically designed to prepare this student for
interviewing for both jobs and colleges.

Target: Consistently and appropriately
practice. Demonstrates an understanding of
evidence-based practice. Works to support
others in a professional manner.
Good: Engages in professional and ethical
practice. May need support to engage in
professional activities or to use data and
research to facilitate work with learners with
ELN.
Satisfactory: Occasionally requires reminder to
engage in professional and ethical practice,
with no major violations of code of ethics.
Unacceptable: Major violation of code of
ethics or needs consistent reminders of
professional and ethical practice.

6: Professional Learning and Ethical Practice
Beginning special education professionals use foundational
knowledge of the field and the their professional Ethical Principles
and Practice Standards to inform special education practice, to
engage in lifelong learning, and to advance the profession.

Target

Acceptable
Good
Satisfactory

Unacceptable

X

6.1 Beginning special education professionals use professional
Ethical Principles and Professional Practice Standards to guide
their practice.
6.2 Beginning special education professionals understand how
foundational knowledge and current issues influence professional
practice.

X

6.3 Beginning special education professionals understand that
diversity is a part of families, cultures, and schools, and that
complex human issues can interact with the delivery of special
education services.

X

6.4 Beginning special education professionals understand the
significance of lifelong learning and participate in professional
activities and learning communities.

X

6.5 Beginning special education professionals advance the
profession by engaging in activities such as advocacy and
mentoring

X

6.6 Beginning special education professionals provide guidance and
direction to paraeducators, tutors, and volunteers.

X

Comments Racquel consistently adheres to the ethical practices of the profession. She advocates for the needs of all learners and has a strong understanding of current issues in
special education.

Target: Consistently engages in professional oral
and written communication with students,
teachers, parents, and other stakeholders.
Good: Occasionally lapses into colloquial
speech or commits grammatical errors in written
work.
Satisfactory: Often commits grammatical errors
in written and oral language. Errors do not often
interfere with meaning.
Unacceptable: Frequently produces unclear
communication for students, teachers, parents,
and other stakeholder

7: Collaboration
Beginning special education professionals collaborate with families,
other educators, related service providers, individuals with
exceptionalities, and personnel from community agencies in
culturally responsive ways to address the needs of individuals with
exceptionalities across a range of learning experiences.

Target

7.1 Beginning special education professionals use the theory and
elements of effective collaboration.

X

7.2 Beginning special education professionals serve as a
collaborative resource to colleagues.

X

7.3 Beginning special education professionals use collaboration to
promote the well-being of individuals with exceptionalities across a
wide range of settings and collaborators

X

Comments Racquel collaborates with other faculty, administrators, and parents in order to best meet the needs of her learners.

Acceptable
Good

Satisfactory

Unacceptable