Classroom Observation Tools for Coaches, Administrators, and Evaluators

  • BPS Science Classroom Observation Support Guide

    The Science Department, under former Director Pam Pelletier, identified and created a tool to support observations of science instruction.

    This tool includes guiding documents unpacking two high priority Teacher Effectiveness Elements. The "proficient" performance levels of these two elements are described below:

    • Element I-A-4: Well Structured Lesson: Develops well-structured lessons with challenging, measurable objectives and appropriate student engagement strategies. pacing, sequence, activities, materials, resources, technologies, and grouping.

    • Element II-A-2: Student Engagement: Consistently uses instructional practices that are likely to motivate and engage most students during the lesson.

    The "unpacked" elements guide you as you observe and reflect upon science instruction. The following are included:

    • What to look for... from the teacher;

    • What to look for... from the students;

    • Observations/evidence of successful practice of each aspect/element;

    • Observations/evidence when this aspect/element is an area for growth;

    • Sample prescriptions; and

    • Other supports.

    The "Well Structured Lesson" element includes information for each of the following areas: objectives; strategies; pacing & sequence; activities; materials, resources & technology; and groupings. The complete document is embedded. We hope this helps with the wonderfully exciting work of classroom observation in science! 

    See below for the full set of the Science Department Observation Support Guide "one-pagers."

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  • The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education also created What to Look For documents. Each grade level document provides an overview of the main science concepts for each domain as well as examples for what teachers and students should be doing linked to specific indicators within the MA DESE Standards of Effective Practice.