Library Rm 220
P. O. Box 13055, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962
observation can be scheduled as
part of the individual consultation process or in order to provide
documentation that might be used for applications for teaching awards,
tenure, etc. If the client desires it, we can arrange to have the
classroom session recorded.
does individual classroom observation work?
Prior to the observation, you will
schedule a meeting with the consultant who will be observing your
class. The purpose of this meeting is to create a context for the
consultant regarding your instruction style, goals and experience,
students, typical class activities, departmental requirements, etc. You
might also identify specific concerns you would like the consultant to focus on while observing your class. You may
be asked to bring materials such as your syllabus, text, exams, and/or
past student evaluations to help the consultant better understand your
Prior to the meeting we would like
you to print out and complete the Pre-Observation form
(Note: this is a .pdf formatted file) .
Reflecting on these questions prior to the meeting should help you
focus on your goals for the observation, and your answers will help us
develop an understanding of you and the context for the
While observing your class, the consultant will take descriptive notes
on what is said and done in the class. Teacher-student interaction,
student-to-student interaction, and student behavior will be noted so
that the consultation can focus on the specifics of the class. In
addition to the narrative account of what happened, the consultant may
also use a checklist of teaching skills. If desired, the classroom
session can also be recorded.
After the observation, you will meet one-to-one with the consultant to
discuss the consultant's observations. The consultant may ask questions
- What did you hope students would get
from the class?
- How do you know whether they did or
didn't learn this?
- In what ways was this a typical/atypical
- What didn't go according to plan?
If the observation
was part of the
individual consultation process, at this meeting you and the consultant
might consider one or two concerns on which you'd like to focus for the
more immediate future. Some examples are:
- Student participation/activities
and the consultant can create an
informal "action plan" and options for follow-up observations.
Consultations typically continue until you feel that your needs have
been met. Sometimes the consultant will work with you to schedule a
mid-semester evaluation so that you can receive feedback from the
students prior to the end of the semester.