In preparation for your upcoming site visit evaluation, please review criteria on the Site Visit #2 Evaluation. Please send me your Lesson Plans, 48 hours before the visit, and plan to have your class/students covered for 45 minutes following the observation so we can review together. I’ll review/collect your Clinical Practice Time log. Please note the Log Key when filling out. Respond to the Post-Observation Reflection on Teaching questions to me by requested date.
Please alert your students of my visit so they are prepared for a classroom visitor.
A sample Lesson Plan template is attached, or you may use one of the samples listed in the Student Teaching Manual appendix, or whatever format your Cooperating teacher uses as long as the same essential information is identified.
Also, please communicate with your Cooperating/Mentor Teacher and make sure they have a copy of the appropriate site visit evaluation form. Find attachments here.
I’m looking forward to seeing you in action! Please find additional GCU COE forms located here and here. Review observation What to Expect and Tips.
**Remember to check your calendar and plan for full time take-over of full day/all periods/teaching blocks.
*Single Placements: 5 weeks of 75-100% planning and teaching (with Cooperating teacher’s guidance).
*Dual Placements: 3 weeks of 75-100% planning and teaching in each placement (with Cooperating teacher’s guidance).
I encourage you to open and review the comments and attachments that are posted with your Evaluation (you should receive an email alert when it is posted). You will find supporting documentation, and I may include Scripted Notes as a reflection tool for you. They are a ‘snapshot’ of 20-30 minutes during your observation. I may also include feedback comments embedded in your lesson plan (click on the text bubbles).
I know there is some stress and anxiety that accompanies a Site Visit Observation. To help you feel as comfortable as possible I urge you to review the site evaluation form prior to each visit, so you are familiar with the criteria that is being evaluated. Expectations are for your position as a Student Teacher, not a veteran teacher.
Site Visit #1: Review the Professional Dispositions and Evaluation Form #1 criteria.
Site Visits #2, #3, #4: You will prepare a lesson plan and deliver it (see attachment for more details on what to expect). The academic content area is not as important as the preparation, planning, delivery, and reflection. Those are transferable skills that demonstrate teaching ability across content areas. *Send me your Lesson Plans 48 hrs. before visit.
**Site Visit #4 will also include the Professional Dispositions evaluated in #1 and the Content Standards for your Education Program. Please communicate this to your Cooperating Teacher so they complete the appropriate Content Standards section. Additionally, please review and complete a Self-Assessment on the Site Visit #4 Evaluation form. *Send me your completed Eval #4 self-assessment and Lesson Plans 48 hrs. before visit.
My objective at the observation is to look for good work to build on; my goal is to support you in honing your teaching craft and reflecting on future growth. During our post-observation review, I will be sharing with you the positive aspects of your lesson, and areas of improvement that I observe. The purpose of my feedback is to let you know your strengths and skills you are performing well, and what areas have room for growth. I encourage you to approach your observation with a positive mindset, and be open and receptive to hearing critical critique, in the context of professional growth and development.
Finally, I will be sending you post-observation Reflection on Teaching questions to complete and send back to me.
Let me know if you have any questions or concerns not addressed. Please remember that my role is to support you in becoming the best teacher you can be! Find attachments here.
“Every teacher needs to improve. Not because they are not good enough, but because they can be even better.” ~ Dylan Wiliam
In preparation for your first site visit evaluation, please review Site Visit #1 Evaluation criteria so you know what to expect. I will plan to observe for about an hour teaching block, or one academic class period. You do not need to prepare and deliver a formal lesson plan the first visit, but I need to observe you working and interacting with students. Please plan for the following:
- Schedule to have your class/students covered for up to 45 minutes following the visit so we can review the observation together.
- We’ll discuss your planning and reflection sessions with your Cooperating teacher. *You should be meeting regularly with your Cooperating teacher for planning and feedback (2-3x weekly).
- Review What to Expectand Tips.
- Find Professional Dispositionsand video resource.
Also, please communicate with your Cooperating/Mentor Teacher and make sure they have a copy of the appropriate site visit evaluation form. Please find additional GCU COE forms located here and here.
*Video recording: I do not video record observations unless requested, but I encourage you to use that as a personal reflection tool at some point during your student teaching. It is really helpful to see things that you cannot really be aware of when you are actively teaching, but are able to notice on a video. There is a release form in the Student Teaching manual appendix or on the GCU COE website.
*FYI, all site visit evaluations are scheduled. I will not be dropping in unannounced. 🙂
Great teachers have high expectations, clear objectives, are prepared and organized, engage students, form strong relationships, are masters of their subjects, and communicate often with parents. – Richard Leblanc