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EDUC 5312/3315-Curriculum and Instructional Design

Classroom Observation Assignment

Observation Form 1
Observation Date: 3/30/201 Observation Time: 45 min.(one period )
Teacher Observed: Ms.Lopez Subject/Grade Level: ELA / 7th grade
School Observed: Harmony Science Academy El Paso Observer: Fatma Uguz

1-What was/were the learning objectives/outcomes of the lesson? (Add state objectives if
known, for example, TEKS 111.4. Grade 2.b.)
Objectives and agenda were posted on the board.
Objective: I will be able to comprehend a written text, and identify whether it is primary or

2-How did the teacher begin and end the lesson?

When students came in to the class Bell work, Objective and Agenda was on the board.
For the beginning, students did silent Reading as a bell work for 10 min. After warmup
students asked to copy and answer the questions in their journals. Questions were:
1. How could setting affect your life, if it changed?
2. How does setting affect plot?
Teacher asked some of the students to read their answer and let the students discuss in groups.
Teacher began lecturing using power point. After lecturing each group got one chromebooks
for reviewing Quiz by Kahoot.
At the end of the lesson, students asked to copy in their journals while teacher was showing
power point as summary of the class.

3-What did the teacher use for teaching materials or instructional aids/equipment?
Chormebooks ,projector
4-Which instructional methods and strategies did the teacher use? ( lecture, inquiry,
discovery learning, discussions, games or simulations, demonstrations, cooperative learning,
integration of technology, socrative questioning, etc)
Teacher used following: lecture, discussions, inquiry-based learning sequence five-E model
(Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate),game.

5-How did the teacher assess learning? (informal, formal, formative, summative, oral, open-
ended, quiz, feedback etc) See Chapter 8 for more information on assessment methods
Pre-assesssment at the beginning of the lesson (formal)
Open-open ended questions
Group discussions (informal)

6- What can you say about the teachers philosophy/beliefs and style?
(Traditional/progressive, behaviorist, student-centered vs. teacher centered, authoritative etc)

The lesson had variety of activities and it was mainly student-centered.

7-How does the teacher manage classroom? Can you identify classroom management
techniques used?
She had good classroom management. Transitions were smooth and did not take more than 1
minute. Teacher used count down technique to grab students attention. She had enforced 10
minute rule for the hall way passes. Students raised their hand when they want to ask questions
or participate.

8-Observe in the classroom setting and determine types of behavior students play when off-
task. What do they do when they are not paying attention? How does the teacher re-direct
them or get them back on task?
When they are off task, they usually chat with their peers. They are not walking around and
disturbing others. Sometimes, they are loud. Teacher uses count down technique to grab their
attentions. She also displayed times on the projector for count down as well.

9-How does the teacher communicate with students (verbal, vocal, meta-verbal or non-verbal
communication such as facial, body language, use of space, motion and time?)
Verbal, body language and use of space
During the group work, she worked around and communicated with students to give feedback.
Some students were not engaged. She redirects them verbally while she was walking around the

10-Who were the students in the class? What did you notice about them? (Background,
diversity, attitude, motivation, interaction, participation, etc)
Most of the students were Hispanic. It seemed that they were motivated to the lesson. Except a
few students they were having good behaving and willing to learn.
11-What did you see that is effective in engaging students? What do you see that is
ineffective in keeping students engaged?

When the teacher put them in a small group reviewing by Kahoot game quiz, they became more
engaged. During the lecture and independent study, they were less engaged.

12-What are the two instructional strategies you observed and would like to apply in your
I observed that she used 5E Model and questioning technique. I would definitely utilize it during
my teachings.

13-What are two important classroom management strategies that you observed and would
like to apply in your classroom?
Count down (5 to 1) and count down on screen seemed very effective as the students were able
to see and remember how much time they have to complete certain tasks and they know the
procedures and expectations of teacher so they followed it during the transition of different
Secondly, she prepared reviewing Quiz by Kahoot. Students was enjoining while reviewing
subject. So it really effected students motivation positively to engage learning.
Last but not least, teacher hold positive relationship between students and among the students.
I would definitely consider implementing these strategies in my teachings.