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EDUC 5312/3315-Curriculum and Instructional Design

Classroom Observation Assignment

Observation Form 1

Observation Date: ___April 3__________________ Observation Time: __60___

Teacher Observed: ______Ms. Yusupova _ Subject/Grade Level_7___

School Observed: _______Harmony School__________Observer:____Priscilla Wu___

1-What was/were the learning objectives/outcomes of the lesson? (Add state objectives if
known, for example, TEKS 111.4. Grade 2.b.)

TEKS 111.26. Grade 6 (6): Expressions, equations, and relationships

2-How did the teacher begin and end the lesson?

The teacher began the lesson by emphasizing the expectation to the students about the
expression, and equations and lesson agenda such as what she was going to instruct, when the
students used Chrome book to practice.

3-What did the teacher use for teaching materials or instructional aids/equipment?

She used the projector and white board to demonstrate how to solve math problems together with
the students.

4-Which instructional methods and strategies did the teacher use? ( lecture, inquiry,
discovery learning, discussions, games or simulations, demonstrations, cooperative learning,
integration of technology, socrative questioning, etc)

She used lecture, inquiry and discovery learning through asking probing questions to the class.
Overall, its teacher centric instructional methods

5-How did the teacher assess learning? (informal, formal, formative, summative, oral, open-
ended, quiz, feedback etc) See Chapter 8 for more information on assessment methods

She sent out a piece exercise paper to the students to do during the class and review the answers
together with the students

6- What can you say about the teachers philosophy/beliefs and style?
(Traditional/progressive, behaviorist, student-centered vs. teacher centered, authoritative etc)
Its a novice teacher with only one year of experience. Her teaching philosophy is leaning
towards traditional and teacher centered.

7-How does the teacher manage classroom? Can you identify classroom management
techniques used?

She paused in the middle of the demonstration, keep silent for half minutes. Students sense it
then become quiet after this. The positive thing she does not yell, instead of keeps silence.

8-Observe in the classroom setting and determine types of behavior students play when off-
task. What do they do when they are not paying attention? How does the teacher re-direct
them or get them back on task?

When students were not paying attention or off task, they spoke to others, which makes the
classroom very loud. Some students walked around. The teacher had to vocally asked them to
return to their seats.

9-How does the teacher communicate with students (verbal, vocal, meta-verbal or non-verbal
communication such as facial, body language, use of space, motion and time?)

The teacher communicated with the students vocally, using silent technique.

10-Who were the students in the class? What did you notice about them? (Background,
diversity, attitude, motivation, interaction, participation, etc)

The students are in 7th grader in diverse group, which can be told by their skin tone. Most of the
students are motivated to learn.

11-What did you see that is effective in engaging students? What do you see that is
ineffective in keeping students engaged?

When the students name is called, and the students were visited by the teacher, and when teacher
asked questions, the students are engaged.

12-What are the two instructional strategies you observed and would like to apply in your

Inquiry learning: identify the problem, working on the problem and find out the solution. The
teacher also used demonstration method to show how to work on the equation.

13-What are two important classroom management strategies that you observed and would
like to apply in your classroom?

The two most important classroom management strategies are

1. Having the posters about the expectation to the students above the white board. She has
short one on one coach to the students
2. Keeps the students busy all tine during class.