Observation Skills for Effective Teaching

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-01-01
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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The fifth edition ofObservation Skills for Effective Teachingfocuses on one of the principal means by which you can become an effective and professional teacher-by observing others and incorporating the best of what you see and hear into you own practice. You will learn to observe in the following eight areas: learning climate, classroom management, lesson clarity, instructional variety, task orientation, student engagement, student success, and higher thought processes. These eight areas have been found by researchers to be related to desirable cognitive, social and emotional outcomes in learners.

Table of Contents

Why Observe?
Goal 1
Goal 2
Goal 3
Goal 4
Goal 5
Goal 6
Goal 7
Goal 8
Lenses for Observing
What Real Classrooms
Are Like Rapid Pace of Classrooms
Immediacy of Classrooms
Interruptions in Classrooms
Social Dynamics of Classrooms
Becoming Aware of Classroom
Behavior: Lenses for Self-Improvement
To Become Aware of Your Own Behavior
To Discover Alternative Instructional Practices and New Solutions to Instructional Problems
To Determine Your Personal Teaching Strengths
To Focus Your Reflections on Important Areas of Teacher Effectiveness Eight Lenses for Classroom Observation
Lens 1
Lens 2
Lens 3
Lens 4
Lens 5
Lens 6
Lens 7
Lens 8
Outcomes Challenges to Observing in Classrooms
Sources of Influence on Observations from Outside
Ourselves Student Ability and Achievement Classroom
Characteristics Participatory and Cooperative
Student Behavior Experience and Education of the Teacher School, Grade, and Subject Matter
Individual and Cultural Diversity Sources of Influence on Observations from Within Ourselves
Your Own Experiences in School Recent Influences and Training
Who May Be Watching
Who May Find Out Choosing a Useful Lens
The Need to Structure Observations For More Information Activities
Making Classroom
Visits A Classroom
Dialogue Reactions from Observing Ms. Kokers Classroom
Observing the Learning Climate Observing Classroom
Management Observing
Lesson Clarity
Observing Instructional
Variety Observing the Teachers
Task Orientation Observing Students
Engagement in the Learning Process
Observing Student Success
Observing Higher Thought Processes and Performance
Outcomes Preparing to Observe in Real Classrooms
Activities Before the Observation
Whom to Observe Introducing Yourself
Identifying Your Goals for the Observation
Finding Out the Days Lesson
Finding Out About the Students
How to Be Introduced Where to Sit Activities
During the Observation Activities
After the Observation For More Information Activities
Seeing Beyond Personal Experiences and Expectations
Learning to Observe Systematically Why Observe Systematically?
Methods for Observing and Recording
Method 1
Method 2
Method 3
Considering the Learning Climate Dimensions of Learning Climate
Teacher Concerns A Teacher Concerns Instrument Observing Teacher Concerns in the Classroom
Warmth and Control Dimensions of Warmth and Control Behavioral Signs of Warmth and Control
Social Environment Dimensions of Social Environment
Observing the Social Environment of the Classroom
Cultural Diversity and the Learning Climate For More Information Activities
Focusing on Classroom Management Dimensions o<$$$>
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