Mentor and Instructional Coach Observation Form
School or Technology Center
Observer (Instructional Coach or Mentor):
The lesson, interactions and classroom environment conveys high expectations for positive student behavior.
Interacts and communicates in a positive professional manner with students and staff.
Develops and maintains rapport with students.
Helps students to understand and accept their similarities and differences.
Teacher displays understanding of students' skills, knowledge and needs, including special learning needs.
Accepts and/or uses ideas of students.
Acknowledges students' accomplishments with appropriate praise.
Demonstrates knowledge of individual differences and interests of students and is culturally and gender sensitive to individual's interests, attitudes, values, and socioeconomic background.
Treats students fairly while maintaining respect for their worth as individuals.
Infuses appropriate student organizations through the instruction including leadership, citizenship, career understanding and social intelligence.
Teaching and Assessment
Classroom transitions occur smoothly, with little loss of instructional time.
Teaches the objectives/goals through a variety of methods and strategies appropriate to the students' skills, knowledge and needs that challenge, motivate and engages all students.
Instructional/cooperative learning groups are productive and fully appropriate to the students and/or appropriate to the goals of the lesson.
Teacher's questions are of high quality and adequate time is provided for students to respond, emphasizing depth of knowledge and/or higher order thinking skills.
Explores, evaluates, and integrates computer/technology-based materials effectively into the curriculum.
Teacher uses frequent formative assessments to check for understanding and level of achievement.
Demonstrates or models the desired skills.
Provides positive reinforcement to students.
Teacher provides students with feedback that is accurate, specific, constructive and timely.
Requires all students to practice newly learned skills while under the direct supervision of the teacher.
Uses grading patterns/rubrics that are communicated, fairly administered and based on identified criteria.
Infuses thought-provoking, problem-solving opportunities within the lesson, stimulating student reflection on learning. Students are engaged in intellectually, challenging tasks in the following areas: Plan, Create, Synthesize, Analyze, Solve problems, Make decisions, Apply.
Communicates the instructional goals/objectives in these content areas: Technical, Academic, and 21st century.
Develops and uses relevant and rigorous performance objectives and course learning outcomes based upon appropriate industry skill standards.
Students are engaged in real workplace projects and problem-solving experiences.
Develops and maintains a course outline and syllabus to align with program objectives.
Plans for delivery of the lesson relative to short-term and long-term objectives.
Makes sure that lessons are designed in a clear, logical, sequential format and have continuity.
All students are actively engaged in instruction and skills practice.
Teacher uses appropriate interventions to respond to unwanted behavior and respects the students' dignity.
The physical space is well organized and includes motiviational displays of student's work, career-course content connections, CTSO information, and recognition of student achievements.
Selects appropriate, current and technology-based materials and resources.
The classroom and laboratory space are orderly, safe and support learning.
Shows evidence of personal organization (organizes time, resources, and materials for effective instruction) and utilizes technology to enhance time management and record keeping.
Maintains a written record of student progress.
Writes lesson plans designed to achieve the identified objectives.
Enhances curriculum to provide current and relevant workplace applications, technologies, and labor market trends.
Suggested Professionalism Topics for Discussion with the New Teacher
Complies with the parameters established within the school district's contract.
Enforces all school policies.
Promotes his/her program effectively and uses networking to communicate with others in that promotion.
Involves community and business/industry representatives.
Maintains a friendly, cooperative and helpful relationship with other employees.
Works effectively as a member of an educational team.
Demonstrates evidence of professional demeanor, scholarship and behavior.
Effectively expresses self in written and verbal communication using correct grammar and appropriate vocabulary.
Demonstrates appropriate behavior and composure in a variety of situations.
Uses current educational theories and practices.
Overall Feedback from Observation
Signatures to Verify Observation
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