Diagnostic Classroom Observation: Moving Beyond Best Practice
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Diagnostic Classroom Observation: Moving Beyond Best Practice

by Nicole Saginor
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1412955149

ISBN-13: 9781412955140

Pub. Date: 05/22/2008

Publisher: SAGE Publications

A complete instructional leadership system for improving classroom practice!

Based on the Vermont Classroom Observation Tool, diagnostic classroom observation (DCO) provides principals with guidance for the entire instructional supervision process, from preconference analysis to postconference follow-up. The model includes protocols for observing math/science and

Overview

A complete instructional leadership system for improving classroom practice!

Based on the Vermont Classroom Observation Tool, diagnostic classroom observation (DCO) provides principals with guidance for the entire instructional supervision process, from preconference analysis to postconference follow-up. The model includes protocols for observing math/science and literacy instruction, criteria for recognizing exceptional teaching, and standards for determining classroom quality and student engagement. Readers will also find:

  • Classroom observation forms to help identify instructor strengths and weaknesses
  • Scoring forms to assist with the final evaluation and review process
  • Real-world vignettes that illustrate key indicators of quality teaching
  • Guidance for introducing DCO into any school setting

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412955140
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
05/22/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
The Structure of the Observation Tool
Acknowledgments
About the Author
1. Defining the "Technology of Good Instruction "
Assumptions Underlying DCO
Intended Uses
Final Thoughts Before Proceeding
2. Ending the "Process Versus Content" Argument
The Math/Science Version of Diagnostic Classroom Observation
The Implementation Criteria
The Content Criteria
The Classroom Culture Criteria: Using the Math/Science Version
Discussion Questions
Concluding Thoughts
3. Learning to Read and Reading to Learn
Section 1: Learning to Read
Section 2: Reading to Learn
Reading and Writing in the Content Areas
Section 3: Using the Literacy and Composite Versions
Discussion Questions
Concluding Thoughts
4. Classroom Culture: Treating Everyone as You Would Be Treated
The Classroom Culture Criteria
Applying the Classroom Culture Criteria
Concluding Thoughts on Equity of Access
5. Assessing Assessment
The Bullets: Characteristics of Good Assessment
Choosing the Right Assessment for What You Want to Know
Creating Valid Constructed Response Items
Learning to Assess Assessment
Concluding Thoughts
6. Putting It All Together
Examples: Why "Pretty Good" Is Not Good Enough
Putting It Together for Yourselves
Discussion Questions
Concluding Thoughts
7. Using Diagnostic Classroom Observation to Improve Instruction in Your School
Section 1: Learning to Use DCO
Section 2: Adding DCO to Your Supervisory Practice
Tools for the Principal
Introducing DCO to Your Teachers
Concluding Thoughts
Appendix A. Questions for the Preconference: Math/Science Version
Appendix B. Questions for the Preconference: Literacy Version
Appendix C. The Math/Science Version
Appendix D. The Literacy Version
Appendix E. The "Cross-Walks "
Appendix F. The Score Sheets
Appendix G. The "Cheat Sheets "
Reference
Index

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