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Teaching Observation Mrs.

Weigel

Teaching Observation
Mrs. Weigel
aweigel@usd259.net
Room: I2
Phone Number: 316-973-3723

Activity
Students will:
Participate in professional student organizations strongly linked to education careers (Educators Rising and
FCCLA).
Observe, identify, and analyze classroom behaviors of students and teachers at four educational levels.
Observe, identify, and analyze factors in the physical environment that promote student achievement and
good working conditions at four educational levels.
Observe, identify, and analyze teacher best practices at four educational levels.
Participate in and reflect upon the experience of assisting students under the direction of a licensed teacher.
Observations will be focused around the elements of effective instruction: planning and preparation, learning
environments, instructional strategies, and professional responsibilities. Throughout the course, you will engage in
the following activities:
1) Classroom Observations & Professional Learning Experience Logs.
The prospective teacher will be introduced to the day-to-day realities and responsibilities of learning and
teaching in a wide range of classroom settings with diverse student populations and a variety of age levels.
Students will observe at the following levels, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Students will
2) Professional Learning & Seminars.
Students are expected to attend the all-day Educators Rising Regional Conference. Students will be
expected to present at the Educators Rising Conference in December. Also, students will be expected
to complete a STAR Event for FCCLA within the classroom. Some may be chosen to compete at the
district level. Students should attend meetings for FCCLA and Educators Rising.
3) Reflection Assignments.
Students are expected to write daily on the provided observation form. These daily logs should focus on
what you are observing in your assigned class room and your discussions with your cooperating teacher.
Students will use their observation forms to complete an essay at the end of each educational level, which
will be due at the end of each quarter. Essays will focus on: the most surprising thing I learned about
myself, my teaching strengths, and what I learned from this quarters experiences. Students must also
complete the conference summary report within 1 week of attending a conference.

Conversation
Maintaining the confidentiality of Birth-to-Grade 12 pupils with whom we work is an extremely important legal
requirement. Your field placements exist because West maintains good working relationships with area
schools. Thus, it is critical to maintain confidentiality with respect to children, teachers, and other school personnel.
Use your good judgment in using non-identifying pseudonyms to refer to your placement sites, cooperating teachers,
and students in your classes in all of your written communications (e.g., blog postings, journals, emails, etc.) and
in public conversations (e.g. on a bus, in a restaurant, etc.). I highly recommend that you refrain from
discussing your placement on social networking sites (e.g., Twitter, Facebook, etc.).

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Teaching Observation Mrs. Weigel

Help
StudentVue/ParentVue will be kept up to date and will include due dates, class handouts and assignments, and
other helpful information. If you are absent for any reason or need any materials/information, check there
first. If you still have questions, feel free to ask Mrs. Weigel. If you are struggling or have questions,
please see Mrs. Weigel before its too late.

Integrity
Expectations of Students Expectations of Mrs. Weigel

Be honest.
Keep StudentVue/ParentVue up to
Complete all Be respectful of people, their date.
assignments. property, and their ideas.
Assist students in exploring careers
Be aware of due Try my best at all times and in education.
dates. contribute to the learning
process. Support students in developing an
Be mindful of your
intellectual curiosity and a desire
current grade. Come to class on time and
prepared with all required
for lifelong learning.
materials every day.
Take personal responsibility for
my own work

Effort
Attendance and appropriate participation at your field placement is mandatory every other school day. Irregular
attendance or inappropriate behavior (e.g., consistent tardies or other unprofessional activities) will result in the
immediate withdrawal from observation sites (and unsatisfactory grade in this course).
In addition, you must notify the teacher you are assigned to observe and me on days when you will be absent. You
should make several attempts to contact your observing teacher until you have received confirmation that your
message has been received. In addition, you should send me an email, copying your observing teacher, with an
explanation for your absence. I expect you to conduct yourself as a professional-in-training.

Value
A point value will be given to each assignment and weighted.
Weighted Categories Grade Percentages

60% Observations A 90% +

20% Professional Responsibilities B 80-89%

10% Reflections C 70-79%

10% Final D 60-69%

F 59% and below

Efficiency
A key component of professionalism is punctuality with regard not only to attendance but to assignment due dates.
All assignments are due at the start of class on the date assigned unless otherwise specified. Assignments handed
in late will receive a full-letter grade penalty for each day late, with day one starting from the time of class meeting.
For example, an assignment submitted after class on a due date would receive a one-letter grade penalty.

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Wichita High School West
820 S. Osage
Wichita, KS 67209
316-973-3600

Teaching Observation Confidentiality Form


I, ________________________________________, am a participant in the Teaching Observation
class at Wichita West High School; and acknowledge that I have been informed that I may come into
contact with privileged information while at the observation site.

I hereby understand and promise that I will not divulge any privileged or confidential information to
anyone including friends, classmates, and relatives. If I fail to do so, I will be subject to disciplinary
action which may include termination of my participation in any observation experience, and I will be
responsible for damages arising from any irresponsible action on my part.

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Student Signature Date

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Parent/Legal Guardian Signature Date

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Teacher Signature Date

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Observation Reflection Rubric
5 3 1

Criteria are met; elements are Most criteria are met; elements Criteria are not met; elements
complete, appropriate and are complete, appropriate and are missing, inappropriate or
accurate. accurate. inaccurate.

A mark below a 2 in any area requires rewriting

Development
5..4..3..2.1

- Addresses issues
- Provides specific examples
- Avoids simple describing every event of the day

Critical Thinking
5..4..3..2.1

- Thoughtfully expresses opinions


- Provides rationale for thoughts and ideas
- Provides overall reflection including one positive idea or strategy and how the experience
altered view of education.

Grammar, Mechanics, and Spelling 5..4.3..2..1

- No distracting elements
- Writes in complete sentences
- Uses appropriate punctuation
- Uses correct grammar
- Uses correct spelling
- Typed
- 12 point font
- Double spaced
- 1-3 pages

Total points ____________

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Observation Log
Observation Date: ______________________ Teacher: _____________________________

Class: __________________________ Grade Level: K-2 3-5 6-8 9-12

Circle factors and write brief notes on the following three topics.

Planning and Preparing: prerequisite knowledge; life and career application; contextual factors (gender,
race, skill level health, activity schedule, grouping methods.

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Learning Environment: respect and rapport; conduct expectations; monitoring learning; behavior
feedback; time management; resource organization; relationship building.

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Instruction: instructional strategies; challenging and engaging activities; coherent content delivery;
enhancing materials and resources; higher-order thinking questioning techniques; educational
technology; cooperative learning techniques.

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Conference
Summary Report

Participants Name: _______________________ Event Attended: ___________________________


Location: _______________________________ Date(s): __________________________________
Overall Rating of the conference (circle one): Excellent Good Fair Poor
I would recommend sending participants to this event again in the future (circle one): Yes No
Describe how this conference fits into your overall professional development plan:

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