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Positive Observations and Feedback. Carla Meyer University of Delaware. Today’s Agenda. Icebreaker Activity Observation Powerpoint Brainstorming activity Discussion Video Clip Feedback Powerpoint Video Clip Back in the School. What roles do observations play in your school?.

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positive observations and feedback

Positive Observationsand Feedback

Carla Meyer

University of Delaware

today s agenda
Today’s Agenda
  • Icebreaker Activity
  • Observation Powerpoint
  • Brainstorming activity
  • Discussion
  • Video Clip
  • Feedback Powerpoint
  • Video Clip
  • Back in the School
the role of observations
The Role of Observations
  • Create a channel of open communication between literacy coach and the teacher
  • Assist the teacher to examine and improve practice
  • Track ideas and practices taken from professional development into the classroom
  • Enable effective school improvement

(Walpole & McKenna, 2004)

challenges of observations and feedback
Challenges of Observations and Feedback
  • Brainstorm
    • “Think” of all the challenges you face during observations and feedback
    • “Pair” with a partner to share your challenges
    • “Share” your challenges with the group
positive climate the key to professional growth
Positive Climate-The Key to Professional Growth
  • Never link professional development with evaluation
  • Never make documentation of observations public
  • Establish trust and identify goals in a pre-observation meeting.
  • Openly share observation and feedback procedures and timeline.

(Walpole and McKenna, 2004).

video clip
Video Clip
  • Scenario--You have established a positive climate with Sarah, a teacher in your school. She will be conducting a lesson in phonemic awareness. During the pre-observation meeting, together you established that she wanted to focus on her explicit instruction. Watch the following video clip and use the observation data to create feedback for Sarah.
constructive feedback
Constructive Feedback
  • Post-observation conferences should be done in a timely fashion
  • Comments include sincere, positivefeedback
  • Do not test the teacher
  • Remember to offer to help the teacher

(Walpole & McKenna, 2004).

video clip9
Video Clip
  • Let’s try again. Watch another clip of Sarah teaching. Use the observation data to provide feedback of Sarah. How would frame your feedback to Sarah differently?
goal setting
Goal Setting
  • “Think” of one concept from our session you plan to take back to your school
  • “Pair” to share your thoughts with a partner
  • “Share” with the whole group