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Observation Notes

Teacher Name ______________________________


Administrator ___________________
Date ________________________ Grade ______________ Subject ___________________
DOMAIN 1: Classroom Strategies and Behaviors
Design Questions:
DQ1 Communicating Learning Goals and Feedback
DQ2 Helping Students Interact with New Knowledge
DQ3 Helping Students Practice and Deepen New Knowledge
DQ4 Helping Students Generate and Test Hypothesis
DQ5 Engaging Students
DQ7 Recognizing Adherence to Rules and Procedures
DQ8 Establishing and Maintaining Effective Relationships
DQ9 Communicating High Expectations for all Students
D-developing P-progressing A-achieving
Domain 1: Classroom
Strategies and Behaviors
Lesson Segments
Addressing Content
DQ2 - Helping Students
Interact with New
Knowledge
Elements of Focus:
Identifying Critical
Information
Provides cues to important
information
Organizing Students to
Interact with New
Knowledge
Uses flexible grouping to
facilitate processing of new

Rating:
D/P/A

Observations/Feedback

D/P/A

Observation/Feedback:

information
Previewing new Content
Breaks content into small
chunks that are easily
processed by students
Breaks content into small
chunks that are easily
processed by students
Processing of New
Information
All students summarize and
clarify new information
individually or in groups
Uses critical questioning
strategies so that all students
make inference and defend
their thinking
Recording and Representing
Knowledge
Summarizing, taking notes,
utilizing thinking maps, or
using non-linguistic
representations
Reflecting on Learning
Students engage in
metacognition around new
learning
DQ3 Helping Students
Practice and Deepen New
Knowledge
Elements of Focus:
Reviewing Content
Reviews critical content and
activates prior knowledge
Organizing Students to
Practice and Deepen
Knowledge

D/P/A

Observation/Feedback:

Uses intentional, deliberate,


and varied groups
Using Homework
To deepen students
knowledge of content, or to
practice a skill, strategy, or
process
DQ3 Helping Students
Practice and Deepen New
Knowledge
Elements of Focus
Examining Similarities and
Differences
Comparing, classifying,
creating analogies and
metaphors
Examining Errors in
Reasoning
Logical fallacies,
propaganda, bias
Practicing Skills, Strategies,
and Processes
Developing fluency
Revising Knowledge
Students reflect on
knowledge to make revisions
to their thinking
Domain 1: Classroom
Strategies and Behaviors
Lesson Segments Enacted
on the Spot
DQ5 Engaging Students
Elements of Focus:
Noticing When Students
areNot Engaged
Using Academic Games

Observation/Feedback:

D/P/A

Observation/Feedback:

All students actively respond


Uses strategies that require
students to move physically
to maintain engagement
Maintaining a Lively Pace
Demonstrating Intensity and
Enthusiasm
DQ5 Engaging Students
Elements of Focus
Appropriately uses
techniques that require
students to take and defend a
position about content
Providing Opportunities for
Students to Talk about
Themselves
Presenting Unusual or
Intriguing Information
DQ7 Recognizing
Adherence to Rules and
Procedures
Elements of Focus:
Applying Consequences for
Lack of Adherence to Rules
Acknowledging Adherence
to Rules and Procedures
DQ8 Establishing and
Maintaining Effective
Relationships
Elements of Focus:
Understanding Students
Interests and Backgrounds
Using Verbal and Nonverbal
Behaviors that Indicate
Affection for Students
DQ9 Communicating High

D/P/A

Observation/Feedback:

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Notes

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Notes/Feedback

Expectations for all Students


Elements of Focus:
Demonstrating Value and
Respect for Low Expectancy
Students
Understands how his/her
behaviors communicate to
students and monitors own
biases
Asks questions of low
expectancy students with the
same frequency and level of
difficult as with high
expectancy students
Inquires into incorrect
answers with all students
with the same depth and
rigor

D/P/A