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What do you think worked?

Watch this video of a short segment of a lesson and then imagine a post-observation coaching conversation with the teacher. Keep in mind the need to give feedback in a way that will encourage growth.

Recognizing that each coach-teacher combination will be unique, compare your imagined conversation and observations with what a team of expert coaches noticed that might warrant the student teacher's attention – both for reinforcement and with an eye to improvement.

The expectation is that the teacher herself would bring up these topics during the conference. If needed, the coaches would introduce one thing to consider changing.

Elementary school: Planning a Brochure

Background Information:

This 5th grade class is studying economics and the states of the US. This lesson combines social studies and language arts.

Prior to the video clip segment the teacher reminded the students that they had been discussing how different communities try to bring people into their area to spend money that can contribute to the local economy. She is also interested in extending the students’ range of writing skills by having them write informational pieces and getting them to recognize relevant from irrelevant information. The class had previously been divided into working groups assigned by the teacher and the students understand that they will be working in their groups for this lesson. The teacher told them that they will be creating a fictional attraction and that this lesson will give them time to plan and create a brochure for the attraction.


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