Classroom Observation – Luther

Effective teachers always reflect on the lesson, and lesson outcomes. Listen as the teacher reflects on this lesson, and compare it to the responses you have written on the observation worksheet. Use both the teacher’s reflections and your own observation when writing your overall observational reflection.
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CLASSROOM OBSERVATION:
Sasha Lutherexhibits the importance of group collaboration, risk-taking, and positive reinforcement is this video of her fifth-grade mathematics class. Take note of her classroom organization, use of student-to-student praise, and different types of grouping that encourages student engagement.
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Effective teachers always reflect on the lesson, and lesson outcomes. Listen as the teacher reflects on this lesson, and compare it to the responses you have written on the observation worksheet. Use both the teacher’s reflections and your own observation when writing your overall observational reflection.
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Sasha Luther
5th Math
1. Notice how all of the students are able to recite “simplest form” when asked what to do with the fraction. Clearly Ms. Luther uses repetition of phrases to drive home important concepts.
2. What has Ms. Luther conveyed to her students with her example of how she simplified the fraction?
3. Take a look at the board behind Ms. Luther. She posts the weekly agenda and homework to help her students stay organized. As you watch, take notice of the various resources on the walls for students.
4. Ms. Luther transfers the responsibility of learning to the learner by having students be accountable to each other in following directions. Why do you think this is important?
5. Here Ms. Luther answers Leah’s question in a way that strongly illustrates why parentheses around ordered pairs is necessary. Any time you can show students WHY something is important, they are more likely to understand and comply.
6. How did Ms. Luther ensure understanding of the assignment? What questions or strategies did she use?
7. How did Ms. Luther encourage critical thinking in her classroom? Reflect.
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8. Did you see how Ms. Luther empowered her students to take risks and did it by encouraging students to praise each other and explain why their apprehension was unnecessary? She also provided a lot of praise and support during the exchange. Why do you think this is important?
9. Notice how Ms. Luther reviews what the word “per” means. Ms. Luther makes mathematical connections with her students even during simple exchanges that do not seem to be math related in context. By pointing out connections in real life situations, Ms. Luther reinforces math concepts.
10. Discuss all of the things you saw during Ms. Luther’s recap of the Twitter activity that are things effective teachers do.
11. You should have made note of the following: 1) Ms. Luther reviewed student responses and validated the response, 2) Ms. Luther asked follow-up questions after many of the responses, 3) Ms. Luther elaborated more on a portion of the activity that was not widely represented in student responses, 4) the recap itself is a form of closure for the activity. You may have had other things you noticed, but these are a few that really stood out.
12. Ms. Luther is about to provide instructions for the next activity. She multi-tasks, passing out handouts while giving instructions. Why is this important?
13. One way Ms. Luther encourages peer collaboration and academic conversations is by using various grouping strategies. You have observed students grouped by 4-5 and now students will pair up into their clock partners. Students have previously determined 12 people they may be paired with throughout the year in Ms. Luther’s class. Ms. Luther calls out an hour at random and students know exactly who to pair with. This ensures that students have a variety of experiences with their peers and no one is left out, which can happen when students are allowed to choose their partners.
14. What does Ms. Luther accomplish by relating her Magic Squares to Sudoku? Reflect.
15. How is Ms. Luther increasing the critical thinking involved in the Magic Squares activity? Reflect.
16. Ms. Luther asks students to provide a rationale for the numbers they use, thus increasing critical thinking. Critical thinking is always enhanced when students must consider ‘why’ they make a particular decision.
17. What effective strategies did you observe in Ms. Luther’s exchange with this group?
18. Effective teachers always reflect on the lesson, and lesson outcomes. Listen as the teacher reflects on this lesson, and compare it to the responses you have written on the observation worksheet. Use both the teacher’s reflections and your own observation when writing your overall observational reflection.
19. Ms. Luther is about to reflect on her strategies for small group instruction, which you observed with the Magic Squares group. Take note of how she uses data to inform the groupings and stations that students visit. Is this something you can use in your own classroom? Reflect.
20. Ms. Luther is demonstrating here that no matter how long you have been teaching, there are always ways to improve or alter your methods to better engage or meet the needs of students. She also offers insight on having flexibility while teaching. What have you learned from observing Ms. Luther?

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