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Classroom Observation

New Teacher/Student Teacher

Using the Pathwise Classroom Observation System, New Teacher/Student Teacher Observation Training allows administrators, mentors, college/university supervisors, and cooperating teachers to assist new teachers, student teachers, teacher candidates, and novice teachers.

The Pathwise assessment was the most helpful part of the program. It showed specific areas that I needed to improve.     
      - New Teacher, Brainerd Teacher Support System
Built on a framework of essential teaching skills as defined by professional educators, Pathwise™ is a tool for the assessment of classroom performance for new teachers, novice teachers, student teachers, and teacher candidates. A “no-surprises” approach to classroom observation, training is essential for the observers, and orientation to the model is provided for all who are being assessed.

e assessment system's foundation (definition of 19 essential teaching criteria) is supported by significant research and the consensus of hundreds of professional educators from around the country. The 19 Pathwise™ criteria are organized divided into four domains:

Domain A: Organizing content knowledge for student learning
Domain B: Creating an environment for student learning
Domain C: Teaching for student learning
Domain D: Teacher professionalism 
The system is flexible, responsive to individual personal teaching styles, and allows teachers the opportunity to demonstrate their competencies naturally in a nonjudgmental environment. It is a constructive system of conferencing, observation, reflection, and feedback, promoting professional growth through which teachers identify their own strengths and needs, and build their professional development plans accordingly.

Pathwise™ assessment is cyclical. It is designed to help novice teachers, student teachers, interns, and teacher candidates identify their own strengths and needs. Pathwise™ is assessment, not evaluation. It is used for instructional improvement.
All Teacher Observation Training

All Teacher Observation Training is designed for administrators, mentors, peer coaches, cooperating teachers, university supervisors --- literally anyone who observes classroom teaching performance (for teachers at any stage in their careers). This training is organized to accommodate any set of standards created or adapted by a school, district, university or agency, or a widely accepted definition of teaching, e.g., Danielson's Framework for Teaching (Enhancing Professional Practice: A Framework for Teaching, by Charlotte Danielson (ASCD, 1996, 2007).  Also included are specific adaptations for licensed education professionals, e.g., school nurses or media specialists.

This training is intended for education professionals in many different roles:
  • Administrators
  • College, university supervisors of student teachers and/or teacher candidates
  • Cooperating teachers working with student teachers and/or teacher candidates
  • Mentors assisting novice teachers as they enter the profession
  • Mentors assisting new teachers as they move to a new district, building, grade level, assignment, or position
  • Peer coaches
  • Intensive Assistance observers/mentors

Participants will be able to:
  • Objectively observe classroom practice
  • Collect true data
  • Sort and categorize data according to local or other standards of performance

Participants will learn how to
  • Distinguish data from other forms of feedback
  • Guard against professional bias in influencing judgment
  • Record data during classroom observation
  • Deliver feedback
  • Summarize information
  • Help the teacher identify professional goals

This training emphasizes the importance of a consistent process of classroom observation to ensure that the teacher's (education professional's) performance is fairly and accurately assessed, with the distinct purpose of professional growth.

Combined with training in Cognitive CoachingSM, this training takes on an even higher meaning, as participants learn to coach based on the data, to promote self-directed learning.
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