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Classroom Observations

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Field Experience observations will include any literature, records, passive observations, information sources about the problem and the context for each student's site. use the information below to formalize and systematize an observations.

Below are some elements that you should include in your observations:

In the setting, make notes about the physical surroundings, the context of the observation, and the kinds of behavior the setting encourages or discourages.

As far as the participants are concerned, describe the persons in the setting, their roles, and the number of persons. Explain what brings the persons together and list the persons who are allowed in the setting.

Note what is going on. Look out for an order of activities. Observe how persons interact with one another and if there are any relationships between persons and activities.

Note the chronology of the interactions. Note the time when the situation begins, the duration of the situation. Look for recurrence of the situation and if so, how frequently it recurs. See if you can classify the situation into those similar to the one being observed.

Include subtle elements of the situation in your observation. Things like unscheduled activities, the connotative meaning of words, body language, and any unexpected behavior.

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As a person who has worked in schools (rural, charter, private, urban, suburbs, and a vast aray of socioeconomic populations) for over 20 years, I find that generically, the following are key points to consider:

* How often does a telephone ring?
* Are there intercom or building-wide announcements? Are they audiable? How important is the message and what is the tone (mean-spirited, helpful)?
* Are there private places to store student belongings? Is the space/pupil ratio reasonable (too many people and not enough space to move comfortably in a room)?
*Do adults generally listen (with good eye contact, appropriate body language) to other ...

Solution Summary

Keys to a healthy learning environment suitable and advantageous for classroom observation