Observation Checklists

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What is an Observation Checklist?

An observation checklist is a set of questions that evaluate the performance and behavior of teachers and students in a classroom setting. Observation checklists assist an observer to identify skill gaps and problem areas to further improve teaching strategies, classroom settings, and student learning development.

3 Types of Observation Checklists and What to Observe

Teacher Observation Checklist

A teacher observation checklist is used by school administrators to evaluate the performance of teachers to ensure that teaching practices are effective and meet school standards.
Here are the key areas to focus on when performing a teacher observation:

  • Effective Planning – This encompasses the preparedness of the instructor in the subject matter (e.g Are assignments and group work planned according to instructional needs? Does the instructor provide clearly thought out and stated directions? Are materials available and well organized?
  • Teaching Techniques – This refers to the approach and delivery of the instructor to the subject matter (e.g Does the instructor: Make clear and practical demonstrations? Utilize guides and other available materials related to the lesson? Adjust their teaching method in accordance with student abilities?
  • Student/ Teacher Relationships – This pertains to how the instructor interacts with their students academically. (e.g Does the instructor use positive statements to students? Does he/ she graciously accept less than “right” responses with slow students? Does he/ she work to maintain a friendly and respectful teacher-student relationship with his/ her pupils?)

Classroom Observation Checklist

A classroom observation checklist is a tool used by school administrators to ensure that a positive and conducive learning environment is provided for the students.

Here are the key areas to focus on when performing a classroom observation:

  • Effective Planning – This encompasses the preparedness of the instructor in the subject matter (e.g Are assignments and group work planned according to instructional needs? Does the instructor provide clearly thought out and stated directions? Are materials available and well organized?
  • Teaching Techniques – This refers to the approach and delivery of the instructor to the subject matter (e.g Does the instructor: Make clear and practical demonstrations? Utilize guides and other available materials related to the lesson? Adjust their teaching method in accordance with student abilities?
  • Student/ Teacher Relationships – This pertains to how the instructor interacts with their students academically. (e.g Does the instructor use positive statements to students? Does he/ she graciously accept less than “right” responses with slow students? Does he/ she work maintain a friendly and respectful teacher-student relationship with his/ her pupils?)

Student Observation Checklist

A student observation checklist is used by teachers to perform an individual or group evaluation on students regarding their behaviors and interactions within the classroom. Observation checks allow teachers to examine and adjust their teaching practices to cater to the learning needs of their students and determine ways to correct disruptive behaviors (if any).

Key areas to observe in student observations are:

  • Academic / Instructional Behaviors – This checks for the student’s working habits and organizational skills. (e.g Does the student work carefully and neatly? Does he/ she follow along with instructions and tasks? Is he/ she attentive to instructions and tasks?)
  • Social Behaviors – This refers to the interaction of the student with the people they’re surrounded within the school (including peers and adults). (e.g Is the student friendly and respectful towards adults and his/ her peers? Does he/ she interact appropriately with peers in an academic setting?)
  • General Behavior and Conduct – This area pertains to the student’s overall behavior. (e.g Does the student engage in disruptive behaviors in class? How is his/ her attention span? What about his/ her activity level?)

What is iAuditor and how can I use it for Observation Checklists?

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