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Observation/Interview Report

Observation: (50 pts.)
School Information:
1. Briefly describe the school and students.
-Is the school urban, suburban, rural? Elementary, middle, secondary? Public,
private,parochial, charter? What is the school’s mission statement?
-Describe the cultural diversity of the students. Are there any ELL students attending
the school? If so, how does the school address linguistic diversity?
-Describe how the school addresses the needs of special education students.
Select one of the classrooms you observed and answer the following questions:
2. Briefly describe the classroom environment.
-How are the desks arranged? Where is the teacher's desk? What do the bulletin
boards look like? What materials are available for student use? Does the physical
arrangement of the room take into account visibility, accessibility, and distractibility?
3. Briefly describe the pedagogy used by the teacher.
-Give one example of general pedagogical knowledge demonstrated by the teacher.
-Give one example of pedagogical content knowledge demonstrated by the teacher.
4. Briefly describe the level of development of the students.
-At what stage of Piagetian development are most of the students? Give an example
of a behavior/skill exhibited by the students that supports your answer.
-Describe one instructional strategy that the teacher used that was cognitively
appropriate and explain why it was appropriate.
-At what stage of Erikson’s psychosocial theory of development are most of the
students? Give an example of a behavior/skill exhibited by the students that supports
your answer.
-Describe one instructional strategy used by the teacher that was appropriate for their
level of psychosocial development and explain why it was appropriate.
5. Describe the learning strategies the teacher uses in the lessons.
-Describe one behaviorist learning strategy the teacher used.
-Describe one cognitive learning strategy the teacher used.
-Describe one example of how the teacher used a social constructivist approach in the
lesson.
-Give one example of how the teacher used observational learning (modeling) in the
lesson.
-Describe two types of scaffolding the teacher used to help the students master a task
within their zone of proximal development.

that was used.6. ADHD. -Give one strategy that the teacher used to increase student participation. -Give one example of extrinsic motivation used by the teacher. visual or hearing impairment. Describe the classroom management techniques used by the teacher. Describe one technique that the teacher used to make his/her classroom culturally sensitive. etc.)? -Describe two teaching techniques that the teacher uses to help these students and why they were effective. compare/contrast. Refer to the classroom you observed that included culturally diverse students: 10. -Describe one technique the teacher uses to keep the students interested and involved in the lessons. -How much wait time does the teacher give for the students to respond? -How does the teacher select students to answer questions? Do all the students participate? -How does the teacher respond to incorrect answers? 7. -What kinds of special needs do students included in this classroom have (learning disability. physical disability. speech disorder. -Give one example of positive reinforcement used by the teacher. if any. -Give one example of negative reinforcement used by the teacher. -Give one example of intrinsic motivation used by the teacher. -Give one example of punishment. -Give one strategy the teacher used to maximize instructional time. evaluate)? Give an example. Describe the questioning techniques the teacher uses. Describe one technique/method that you observed that you would consider using in your future classroom and why you think it would be helpful. Based on your overall observation experience: 11. Describe how the teacher motivates his/her students.g.. Refer to the classroom you observed that included special education students: 9. 8. -What types of questions does the teacher ask (e. . recall/recognize. Describe how the teacher differentiated instruction to accommodate these students.

double-spaced. learning styles.  Cover sheet first page of report.After the observation. Interview: (50 pts. write up and submit a report of your experience. How do you keep yourself and your students motivated? 5. Remember to protect confidentiality of information and do not use students’ or teachers’ full names in your report. whenever possible. Be reflective and use specific course-related terminology. Questions 6 and 7 are questions that you should make up that are of particular interest to you. Question 8 is a personal question to be answered by you. Questions selected by you. The report should be a summary of the eleven (11) topics and should meet the following requirements:   Word-processed.  Approximately five to six pages in length (not counting cover sheet). to give you concrete examples of relevant experiences that he/she has had. margins not more than 1 inch in width. How do you recommend working with parents? How do you get parents involved in their child's education? 4. Answer each topic in order. arrange to interview one teacher. Number each topic (1-11) and make sure to answer all parts in full sentences and use paragraphs where appropriate. Describe what you feel makes an effective teacher? 6. Use examples from your observation in your descriptions. gifted and special needs students? 2. To be answered by you: What was the most important thing you learned from this interview and why was it important? .) At a mutually convenient time. 8. 1.& 7. language and cultural differences.  Refer to the evaluation criteria posted with the assignment when preparing your observation report. How do you handle classroom management and discipline? What strategies do you recommend? What pitfalls should be avoided? 3. You might want to tape record the interview (with the teacher's permission). Try to relate information learned in class to your summary. How do you handle individual differences in your classroom such as differences in ability levels. Ask the teacher.

)  Don’t forget to also answer Question #8. . Use examples given by the teacher in your report. write out the question and then answer it in full sentences and use paragraphs where appropriate. Answer each question in order.After the interview. Try to relate information learned in class to your interview summary.  Do not copy the exact responses given by the teacher. Number each question (1-8). Put in your own words what the teacher said.  Refer to the evaluation criteria posted with the assignment when preparing your interview report. Place the interview report behind the observation part of the report. please). Be reflective and use specific course-related terminology. You may include a few direct quotes but make sure to use quotation marks. Staple together (no paper clips. Remember to protect confidentiality of information and do not use students’ or teachers’ full names in your report. double-spaced.  Approximately three to four pages in length. summarize the teacher's responses to each of the seven interview questions and your response to question #8 using the following requirements:   Word-processed. (Points will be taken off your score for the interview if you give a verbatim transcript of the teacher’s responses. margins not more than 1 inch in width.

. Points will be taken off for incomplete cover sheets. ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ *The cover sheet is the first page of the report. You are not required to evaluate this student. Please fill it out completely.Educational Psychology (250) Classroom Observation/Teacher Interview Cover Sheet* Name:______________________________________ Section: __________ Name of School(s): ___________________________________________ Name of Teacher(s) Observed: ____________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ Grade Level(s) Observed: ____________________________________________ Dates/Time of Visit (Arrival time – Departure time)/Number of Hours: Date Arrival/Departure Number of Hours Total number of hours observed (minimum of twelve hours required): ___________ Name of the class and teacher with special needs students: _____________________________________________________________ Signature of Teacher(s) observed and their email address or phone #: To the teacher: Your signature verifies only that the identified student observed in your class.

7=satisfactory. Were connections made to information learned in class? Did the student show reflection in his/her responses? . Did the summary include relevant examples? 5. 1. Were all the questions in the assignment answered in the observation summary? 2. Were the questions answered thoroughly? 3. 1. Were connections made to information learned in class? Did the student show reflection in his/her responses? Interview: The interview summary will be worth 50 points. Were relevant examples included? 5. punctuation. 8=good. Was the summary well-organized.Evaluation Criteria for Observation and Interview Observation: The summary of the observation will be worth 50 points. Was the information summarized in a clear. and spelling used? Were the teacher’s responses paraphrased or put in your own words and not verbatim? Were the directions for submission followed correctly? 4. Criteria 1 through 5 will each be given from 1 to 10 points depending on the quality using the following scale: 10=excellent. and spelling used in the summary? Were the directions for submission followed correctly? 4. and understandable? Were proper grammar. Criteria 1 through 5 below will be evaluated using the same scale as the observation. punctuation. clear. well-organized manner? Were proper grammar. 5 and below=poor. 6=needs improvement. Were all the questions answered in the interview summary? 2. 9=very good. Were the questions answered thoroughly and accurately? Did the student use courserelated terminology? 3.