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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 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.

Middle School: Creating a Character

Background Information:

This English class is studying the development of character in play-writing and the teacher is helping the students to build this element of the play from the foundation of a previous piece of writing they have done during the year. This lesson is taking place at the beginning of the 4th quarter of the term and the segment assumes that the students have learned about and produced works in other writing genres. Immediately following this segment the teacher distributes the “Character Questionnaire” to all students.


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