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The purpose of this form:
This form is intended to provide a deliberate focus on one aspect of a classroom routine; the attention signal. An observer makes observations in three key areas and then provides feedback or suggestions for next steps. There are also two examples of observation notes and feedback provided.
How to use this form:
Data about the attention signal may be taken at any time during a class period, but consider arriving at the beginning of a class period so you can observe the first time it is used that day. Watch the procedures as well as the student and teacher behaviors and record observations. I recommend waiting until after the observation is over to record the feedback and suggestions for next steps so you can focus only on recording the observations. Provide feedback and suggestions based on your observations and schedule a time to debrief with the observed teacher. Consider pairing this feedback with a more positive feedback form if there are many areas that need improvement.
Why focus on the attention signal?
A predictable and consistent attention signal is widely accepted as an effective classroom management strategy and can have many benefits.
You might focus on the attention signal in order to…
-Ensure students hear information, questions, or instructions
-Alert students to a transition from one activity to another
-Create a common school or district culture so students know what to expect
-Troubleshoot classroom management challenges
-Accommodate for students with diverse needs
Who might use this form?
-Mentor teachers can observe mentees and provide feedback.
-Mentees can observe mentors and provide feedback.
-Administrators can observe teachers and provide feedback.
-Teachers can observe other teachers to provide feedback.
-Cooperating teachers can provide feedback to student teachers.
-Student teachers can provide feedback about what they observe from their cooperating teachers.
-Instructional coaches can provide feedback to teachers.
-Behavior specialists can provide feedback to teachers to help troubleshoot specific student needs.
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