You will begin to see me in your classrooms for Awareness Walks beginning this week. During a TKES awareness walk, I will usually rate at least the following standards out of the total 10, but especially paying close attention to Standards 2, 3, and 4.
(Listed below are some of the things I will look for related to each standard)
Performance standard 2: Instructional Planning
I will look at past & present lesson plans - every element of the plan. Do your plans follow your pacing guides? I will look at the data in your teacher portfolio - did you use data to assist you as you plan for instruction, when appropriate?
Performance standard 3: Instructional Strategies
I will focus on how you are delivering instruction - are students actively engaged, are you including DOK words in your instruction-apply, create, etc. Did you reference the standard(s) & E.Q.? How did you summarize the lesson? Could technology or thinking maps be integrated into the lesson?
Performance standard 4: Differentiated Instruction
Are differentiation strategies being used and recorded throughout the week? Remember, differentiation can be shown in several ways:
Content - How are students gaining access to knowledge? Listening, Reading, Doing
Offer learners a choice in complexity of content that matches their level of understanding.
Process - Flexible grouping - vary from whole group to small groups to individual
Product - Vary assessments - oral responses, demonstrations, interactive notebooks, formal tests;
allow students to have a choice on how they express what they know.
Performance standard 5 or 6: Assessment Strategies/Assessment Uses
How are you assessing the students during the lesson (formative assessments) ?- Are you asking individual students questions and increasing the rigor by asking them to explain/justify their answers? During class discussions, stay away from whole group questioning the majority of the time! Are students being held accountable for their own learning? Are you providing opportunities to re-expose students to content? Research shows that consistent feedback and reinforcement have a positive effect on achievement.
If rating assessment uses, I will look for evidence that you grouped students using data - might be noted on the differentiation template &/or needs-based template, &/or a list of students grouped for PALS by Lexile scores, &/or students grouped by any type of assessment data - might be listed on your lesson plan template.
Performance standard 7: Positive Learning Environment
When observing your classroom management, I will be looking to see if students are on task, if there are disruptions and if so are they responded to in a timely manner? Is classroom talk respectful, supportive and productive (teacher and students)? Overall, is it clear that classroom expectations & rules are established?