Observation Skills for Effective Teaching

ISBN-10: 0137039727
ISBN-13: 9780137039722
Edition: 6th 2011
Authors: Gary D. Borich
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Book details

List price: $74.60
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/28/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 8.25" wide x 11.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Why Observe?
Goal 1: to Achieve Empathy
Goal 2: to Establish Cooperative Relationships
Goal 3: to Become Realistic
Goal 4: to Establish Direction
Goal 5: to Attain Confidence
Goal 6: to Express Enthusiasm
Goal 7: to Become Flexible
Goal 8: to Become Self-Reliant
A Beginning Thought
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Key Terms
Activities
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: Consider the Learning Climate
Lens 2: Focus on Classroom Management
Lens 3: Look for Lesson Clarity
Lens 4: Verify Variety
Lens 5: Observe Task Orientation
Lens 6: Examine Engagement
Lens 7: Measure Student Success
Lens 8: Look for Higher Thought Processes and Performance 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
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Key Terms
Activities
Making Classroom Visits
A Classroom Dialogue
Reactions from Observing Ms. Koker's Classroom
Observing the Learning Climate
Observing Classroom Management
Observing Lesson Clarity
Observing Instructional Variety
Observing the Teacher's Task Orientation
Observing Students' Engagement in the Learning Process
Observing Student Success
Observing Higher Thought Processes and Performance Out-comes
Preparing to Observe in Real Classrooms
Activities Before the Observation
Activities During the Observation
Activities After the Observation
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Key Terms
Activities
"Seeing" Beyond Personal Experiences and Expectations: Learning to Observe Systematically
Why Observe Systematically?
Methods for Observing and Recording
Method 1: Narrative Reports
Method 2: Rating Scales
Method 3: Classroom Coding Systems
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Key Terms
Activities
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
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Key Term
Activities
Focusing on Classroom Management
Dimensions of Classroom Management
Practice Observing Classroom Management: A Dialogue
Time to Reflect
Arranging the Classroom to Meet Instructional Goals
Observing the Classroom Arrangement
Preestablishing and Communicating Classroom Rules
Observing Classroom Rules
Developing and Communicating Instructional Routines
Observing Instructional Routines
Establishing a System of Incentives and Consequences
Observing Incentives and Consequences
Using Low-Profile Classroom Management
Observing Low-Profile Classroom Management
Cultural Diversity and Classroom Management
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Key Terms
Activities
Looking for Lesson Clarity
Dimensions of Lesson Clarity
Informing Learners of Lesson Objectives
Observing Lesson Objectives
Providing Advance Organizers
Observing Advance Organizers
Checking for Lesson-Relevant Prior Knowledge and Reteaching, if Necessary
Observing Lesson-Relevant Prior Knowledge and Reteaching
Teaching to Students' Current Level of Understanding
Observing Level of Instruction
Giving Directives Clearly
Observing Clarity of Directives
Using Examples, Illustrations, and Demonstrations
Observing Use of Examples, Illustrations, and Demonstrations
Reviewing and Summarizing
Observing Review and Summary Techniques
Cultural Diversity and Lesson Clarity
Practice Observing Lesson Clarity: A Dialogue
Time to Reflect
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Key Terms
Activities
Verifying Instructional Variety
Dimensions of Instructional Variety
Practice Observing Instructional Variety: A Dialogue
Time to Reflect
Using Attention-Gaining Devices
Observing Attention-Gaining Devices
Showing Enthusiasm and Animation
Observing Enthusiasm and Animation
Varying Instructional Activities and Media
Observing the Variation in Instructional Activities and Media
Varying Rewards and Reinforcement
Observing the Use of Rewards and Reinforcement
Varying Types of Questions and Probes
Observing Types of Questions and Probes
Using Student Ideas
Observing the Use of Student Ideas
Cultural Diversity and Instructional Variety
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Key Terms
Activities
Observing Task Orientation
Dimensions of Task Orientation
Practice Observing Task Orientation: A Dialogue
Time to Reflect
Preparing Unit and Lesson Plans That Reflect the Curriculum
Observing Whether Unit and Lesson Plans Reflect the Curriculum
Performing Administrative and Clerical Tasks Efficiently
Observing Administrative and Clerical Tasks
Preventing and Correcting Misbehavior
Observing the Prevention and Correction of Misbehavior
Selecting the Most Appropriate Instructional Strategy for the Objectives Taught
Observing the Most Appropriate Instructional Strategy for the Objectives Taught
Establishing Cycles of Review, Feedback, and Testing
Observing Cycles of Review, Feedback, and Testing
Cultural Diversity and Task Orientation
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Key Terms
Activities
Examining Engagement in the Learning Process
Dimensions of Student Engagement in the Learning Process
Practice Observing Student Engagement in the Learning Process: A Dialogue
Time to Reflect
Eliciting the Desired Behavior
Observing Eliciting Activities
Providing Feedback and Correctives in a Noncritical Atmosphere
Observing Feedback and Correctives
Using Individual and Self-Regulated Learning Activities
Observing Differentiated and Self-Regulated Learning Activities
Using Meaningful Verbal Praise
Observing Meaningful Verbal Praise
Monitoring and Checking
Observing Monitoring and Checking
Cultural Diversity and Student Engagement
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Key Terms
Activities
Measuring Student Success
Dimensions of Student Success
Practice Observing Student Success: A Dialogue
Time to Reflect 225
Planning Unit and Lesson Content That Reflects Prior Learning
Observing Unit and Lesson Content That Reflects Prior Learning
Providing Mediated Feedback to Extend and Enhance Learning
Observing Mediated Feedback to Extend and Enhance Learning
Planning Units and Lessons at, or Slightly Above, Students' Current Level of Understanding
Observing Instruction at, or Slightly Above, the Learners' Current Level of Understanding
Making Transitions Between Lesson Content
Observing Transitions Between Lesson Content
Establishing Momentum That Engages Learners in the Learning Process
Observing Momentum
Cultural Diversity and Student Success
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Key Terms
Activities
Looking for Higher Thought Processes and Performance Outcomes
Dimensions of Higher Thought Processes and Performance Outcomes
Practice Observing Higher Thought Processes and Performance Outcomes: A Dialogue
Time to Think
Using Collaborative and Group Activities
Observing Collaborative and Group Activities
Demonstrating Mental Models and Strategies for Learning
Observing Mental Models and Strategies for Learning
Arranging for Student Projects and Demonstrations
Observing Student Projects and Demonstrations
Engaging Students in Oral Performance
Observing Students in Oral Performance
Providing Opportunities for Students to Learn from Their Mistakes
Observing Consequential Learning Activities
Using Portfolios and Performance Assessments of Learning
Observing Portfolios and Performance Assessments
Cultural Diversity and Performance Outcomes
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Key Terms
Activities
Appendix: How to Determine Percentage of Observer Agreement for a Counting Observation System
Glossary
References
Name Index
Subject Index
Instrument Index

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