Every teacher has been the taught one at some point. And I am not talking about the time when they were students, but about the time when they decided to teach others, so they learned how to do this. Every now and then we need to see how teachers do in their teaching activity. Whether they are freshly starting in their career, or they have a regular evaluation standing in front of them, the Classroom Observation Form is THE tool for evaluators.
A classroom observation form or lesson observation form, as it is also called, can be used to observe the teacher during their classroom activity. Such a form is frequently used for ‘fresh’ teachers who just finished their professional studies, before they actually start holding classes on a regular basis. Furthermore, the form can be used to evaluate the performance of teachers who have been doing their job for a while, just to see how they are keeping up with learning methods.
Being part of a classroom observation means monitoring a teacher during a regular lesson with their students. The goal of a classroom observation form is to be like a journal for the evaluators. It has to simplify their task by providing the perfect medium for writing down all considerations towards the teacher who’s being observed.
The main points comprised in a classroom observation form refer to aspects like:
– the teacher’s behavior in classroom and towards the students
– level of interaction between teacher and students
– teaching methods and skills
– teacher’s ability to pass on knowledge and to explain new concepts thoroughly
– materials used in the teaching activity
– students’ participation level during the lesson
– students’ general level of knowledge, in relationship to what they are taught.
In the past, evaluators used printed classroom observation forms. As more and more processes move into the digital medium, an online classroom observation form is just the right tool for tech savvy, as well as for non-technical evaluators. It is easy to use, can be accessed from any device, be it iPad, smartphone or laptop, and stores all submissions safely. We provide the template, you bring the know-how in customizing it to fit your needs.
1. Include all the fields you need for a proper observation. And by this I mean mixing the types of fields you want: Likert scales for rating the teacher, text boxes for more detailed comments, name field for the teacher’s name, date field for recording the date of the observation, drop-down menus for selecting the observed class and others.
2. Customize your email notifications, so that the form submissions are sent to the right people. As such observations are generally reviewed by a superior, you can add their email address in the notifications section of your classroom observation form.
3. Make the form accessible across multiple channels. Like this, evaluators can find it on the school’s website, shared through email or on other channels you might use in your school for internal communication.
4. If you want somebody to verify the classroom observation form content before it is recorded as such, you can use the submission approval feature. This allows submissions to be reviewed, for example, to see if any piece of information is missing.
5. Manage the data just the way you want to. You could export submissions to Google Docs, for example, where you can create a record of as many teachers you like.
Do you have the task to observe other fellow teachers in your activity? If so, share your tips with us on how you can use a classroom observation form. Until then, we invite you to use our template.
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