This is an observation protocol I am working on:
What is the evidence that important mathematics is at the core of the lesson?
- Teacher has clear summary of lesson
- Teacher can respond to unexpected student questions
- Discern between important math concepts and tangential ones
What is the nature of the interactions between teacher and students and amongst the students themselves?
- Who is talking the most?
- Teacher asks probing questions
- Time to think
How are visual aids and models used to facilitate student understanding?
How does the grouping strategy address individual student needs?
- Whole group, individual, partners, small groups
- Which children work together
Does the lesson pose an appropriate range of challenge for every student?
- Accessibility of the problems?
How is the management style conducive to develop a learning community?
- Behavior management offers opportunities for student reflection?
- Behavior expectations and consequences are explicit?
- Teacher decisions leads to student autonomy?
How does room arrangement and placement of supplies help the learning goals?
- Conducive to student collaboration
- Private spaces for students to work independently
- Neat and organized classroom
- Student access to supplies and manipulatives