Classroom observations can foster teacher learning—
if observation systems include crucial components
and observers know what to look for.
Jennifer Lopez looks up quickly as Ms. Anderson, the principal, steps into her 5th grade classroom. She glances around nervously. What Observing
might this look like to Ms. Anderson?
At the beginning of the lesson—an
introduction to the topics of buoyancy
and density—the students pushed their
desks together to make tables. On each
table is a dishpan full of water. (Jennifer
always hopes for the best on days like
The students have become quite 32 EDUCA TIONAL LEADERSHIP / NOVEMBER 2012
this; she’s notorious with members of
the custodial staff for various “
adventures” in her classroom. But today all is