6th grade Science
1. This is a 6th grade science class taught by teacher Helen Roberts.
What does the teacher do as students enter the classroom? Are there instructions on the board or screen to engage students? What are they being asked to do and why do you think the teacher has this routine?
2. Reflect: Why is the teacher ‘cold calling’ on students?
3. Reflect: What might the teacher have been thinking as she planned the make- up of each group of students?
4. Reflect: How is the teacher keeping students engaged and on task?
5. Note how the teacher, Mrs. Roberts, is constantly monitoring the groups’ work. Her proximity to the students helps to deter off-task behavior. She is also providing specific and timely feedback on each group’s work and provides assistance as needed. Likely she wants to make sure the students do not make mistakes that might result in learning incorrect information and she wants them to be successful on the assigned work. Reflect.
6. Notice when students ask Mrs. Roberts a question, she responds by asking a question or asks them to reread the instructions. Why is this important? Reflect.
By doing this, she is causing the students to think for themselves and to learn they are capable of solving problems by themselves. Mrs. Roberts has given the students all the information they need to be successful (notes, warm-up activity, handouts, materials, etc.) and she is teaching them to search out answers for themselves.
7. Note how quickly Mrs. Roberts transitions the groups to ‘part 2’. Reflect on what you observed and why was it important?
8. Reflect: Have you seen any off-task behavior? If yes, reflect in our notes. If no, reflect in your notes.
9. Note how Mrs. Roberts refers to students’ notebooks which contain previously taught concepts. She is connecting concepts being reviewed in today’s lesson to prior learning.
10. Effective teachers always reflect on the lesson, and lesson outcomes. Listen as the teacher reflects on this lesson, and compare it to the responses you have written on the observation worksheet. Use both the teacherâ€™s reflections and your own observation when writing your overall observational reflection.