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Better Feedback for Better Teaching: A Practical Guide to Improving Classroom Observations

Better Feedback for Better Teaching: A Practical Guide to Improving Classroom Observations

Jeff Archer, Steven Cantrell, Steven L. Holtzman, Jilliam N. Joe, Cynthia M. Tocci, Jess Wood

ISBN: 978-1-118-70198-0

Apr 2016, Jossey-Bass

384 pages

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$29.95

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A practical, research-based guide for ensuring trustworthy classroom observations that provide teachers with meaningful feedback

Better Feedback for Better Teaching is an essential resource for school, district, and state, leaders committed to high-quality classroom observations. This practical guide outlines the knowledge and skills classroom observers need to identify and help develop effective teaching, and explains how leaders can best facilitate the development of classroom observers.

The best way to ensure high quality instruction in every classroom is to provide teachers with accurate, constructive feedback on practices proven to enhance student learning. Skilled classroom observers help teachers do their best work, so that they can guide students to their greatest potential. Better Feedback for Better Teaching provides helpful, reliable strategies from leading experts and practitioners involved in the Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) project, which carried out one of the largest, most influential studies of classroom observations to date.

Among the many topics covered, Better Feedback for Better Teaching describes how to:

  • Build a shared vision of effective teacher feedback among observers
  • Ensure a common understanding of a classroom observation tool
  • Train observers to collect objective evidence from a lesson, efficiently and free of bias
  • Leverage data to improve how observers are trained and supported

This comprehensive resource includes helpful starting points, as well as tips to refine techniques and address new challenges. Each section combines clear explanations of key ideas with concrete, adaptable examples and strategies.

Self-assessments are included to help you quickly rank current needs and find the most relevant solutions. Filled with valuable, practical tools, Better Feedback for Better Teaching helps educators cultivate high-quality classroom observations that improve teaching and learning.

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Acknowledgments vii

About the Authors ix

Introduction: Getting from Here to There 1

I MAKING THE BIG DECISIONS 15

1 Building Support for Better Observer Training 17

2 Finding Enough Observers 25

3 Deciding on Training Delivery Methods 35

4 Setting Priorities for Observer Training 45

II PRE-SCORING VIDEO 51

5 Understanding Pre-Scoring Video 53

6 Planning a Pre-Scoring Process 59

7 Getting the Right Video to Pre-Score 75

8 Recruiting and Training Master Coders 85

9 Ensuring the Quality of Pre-Scoring 101

III BUILDING THE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS FOR OBSERVATION 113

10 Knowing the Rubric 115

11 Collecting Evidence 127

12 Understanding Bias 139

13 Recognizing Evidence 149

14 Using Criteria for Rating 167

15 Coaching Teachers 187

16 Organizing a Training Program 211

IV USING DATA TO IMPROVE TRAINING AND SUPPORT OF OBSERVERS 221

17 Collecting and Using Data from Training 223

18 Assessing Observers to Ensure and Improve Quality 233

19 Monitoring Your Observation System 267

Concluding Thoughts: Getting It Right 285

Appendix 287

Observer Training Checklist 287

Planning Worksheet 291

Tools Referenced in This Book 304

Tool 7-1: DCPS Video Quality Checklist 305

Tool 8-1: RIFT Master Coding Worksheet 307

Tool 8-2: DCPS Advice for Facilitating Reconciliation 308

Tool 8-3: DCPS Guidelines for Score Rationales 311

Tool 13-1: DCPS Evidence Collection Template 314

Tool 14-1: Partnerships to Uplift Communities (PUC) Evidence Record Rubric 318

Tool 14-2: Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC)/(TCRP) Top Ten Principles of True Scoring 320

Tool 14-3: RIDE Calibration Session Protocol 322

Tool 15-1: RIDE Feedback Quality Review Tool 327

Tool 15-2: Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) Post-Observation Assessment Checklist 328

Tool 17-1: DCPS Feedback Rubric with Annotated Example 331

Tool 18-1: Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) Rubric for Rating Use of Evidence 337

Tool 19-1: RIDE Teacher Survey Items on Observation 338

Notes 341

References 343

Index 345