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Classroom Observation – Christensen


CLASSROOM OBSERVATION:

Ali Christensen is working with her first graders in small group reading activities.  Each group has a different learning objective, offering a view of differentiation and classroom management when working with small groups.


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Effective teachers always reflect on the lesson, and lesson outcomes.  Listen as the teacher reflects on this lesson, and compare it to the responses you have written on the observation worksheet. Use both the teacher’s reflections and your own observation when writing your overall observational reflection.

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Classroom Observation – Christensen

Name: Date:

Ali Christensen

1st Grade Language Arts

1. This is 1st grade Language Arts teacher Ali Christensen. She is working with individual or small groups of students during the “Intervention” period at her school. Observe how she works with the students and the techniques she uses to help students with phonemic awareness and other skills needed when learning to read. Reflect as you observe.

2. What is the teacher doing while working with the students? She is recording information in a notebook. Why is she doing this? Why is she asking the student to use colored tiles to pronounce words. What else are you observing? Reflect.

3. What strategy is the teacher using with the students now? Why? How does this help the students read the words? Reflect.

4. Now the teacher is moving to another part of the lesson when she tells the students they are going to read a book. Observe how she prepares the students for reading the book and how and what she teaches them. Reflect as you watch.

5. How did the teacher bring closure to the lesson with the two students? Reflect on what you have observed.

Now watch as she transitions to the next group. Listen for the objective for the next group lesson and watch how Ms. Christensen works with the next group. Note: As Ms. Christensen begins working with the next group, she will have a new objective. So far she has worked with one individual student and one small group. And now she will begin to work with another small group. Each lesson has had different objectives and goals. Reflect.

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6. Note how Ms. Christensen just referenced a prior learning experience. why did she do this? Reflect.

Also reflect on what reading vocabulary words or concepts she is using with the students. Words like syllable, read like you are talking, etc. Reflect on what words or concepts she is using with the students. Did she use these same words and concepts with the other students? Why or why not?

7. Reflect on how Ms. Christensen is teaching the students about how to read and speak questions while they read.

8. Reflect on how Ms. Christensen is helping students prepare for reading the next book. What does she do?

Reflect on how Ms. Christensen provides positive reinforcement to her students and helps them stay focused on the lesson. What has she said and done?

Reflect: Ms. Christensen has been working with small groups of students for 30 minutes. Her classroom is filled with approximately 22 first graders. Yet you are only seeing the groups of students she is providing direct instruction to. Why haven’t you seen the other students? Why haven’t they interrupted Ms. Christensen? What structures has she put in place so she can have uninterrupted instructional time with small groups of students?

9. How did Ms. Christensen deal with the students when they got silly reading about chickens. How did she keep them focused? Did you also hear her reference story structure and elements of plot?

As she brings the lesson to a close and transitions to the next activity, watch how Ms. Christensen gets the class’ attention and gives instruction on what the students are to do next.

10. Effective teachers always reflect on the lesson, and lesson outcomes. Listen as the teacher reflects on this lesson, and compare it to the responses you have written on the observation worksheet. Use both the teacher’s reflections and your own observation when writing your overall observational reflection.

Classroom Observation – Christensen

 Effective teachers always reflect on the lesson, and lesson outcomes.  Listen as the teacher reflects on this lesson, and compare it to the responses you have written on the observation worksheet. Use both the teacher’s reflections and your own observation when writing your overall observational reflection.