Classroom Observation


Definition: The Classroom Observation for Professional Growth is a specific process, including a pre-observation conference, an observation of the teacher in his or her professional assignment, a post-observation conference, and the creation and implementation of an action plan with goals based on recommendations from the formal observation. Learn more.

To allow teachers the opportunity to receive feedback from supervisors, reflect on practice, and complete and implement a professional growth plan based on administrative recommendations.

  • All formal observations for tenured teachers should take place during the first half of the school year.
  • The teacher and the administrator will agree upon a date and time for the observation.
  • The teacher will provide a written plan that meets building guidelines for lesson planning.

  1. A pre-observation conference should be held at least 24 hours and not more than a week prior to the administrative observation.
  2. The teacher will complete a pre-observation conference form before the pre-observation conference.
  3. During the pre-observation conference:
  • The teacher will determine which new instructional strategy he/she will be using to increase student learning.
  • The administrator and teacher will discuss the questions on the pre-observation conference form.
  • The administrator will remind the teacher that all shaded areas on the Teacher Observation Form must be marked satisfactory;
    if not an announced observation will follow.
  • The administrator and teacher will review “Components of Written Lesson Plans” on the pre-observation form.
  • The administrator will make applicable suggestions to improve instruction.
  • The teacher will identify specific areas of instruction that he/she would like to have observed.

  1. A post-observation conference should be held within 5 (school) days of the administrative observation.
  2. The teacher will complete the post-observation conference form before the post-observation conference.
  3. During the post-observation conference:
    • The administrator will come to the post-observation conference prepared to discuss commendations and provide at least 2 recommendations based upon the observation.
    • The administrator and teacher will agree upon a plan of action that addresses the recommendations.
.....4. The administrator will write a report of the observation after the post-observation conference has been held.
.....5. The teacher should receive the teacher observation report within two weeks of the post-observation conference.
.....6. The administrator will meet with the teacher during the second half of the school year to discuss the success of implementing the plan of action.

Observation report
Observations for classroom teachers will use the following format:
  1. Description of the lesson
  2. Planning and preparation
  3. Classroom Environment
  4. Instruction
  5. Commendations/Suggestions for Improvement
  6. Plan of Action

*Some indicators may not be applicable in all lessons. Comments will be included with each category.

Eligibility and Additional Procedures
  • All tenured teachers may elect to have an administrative observation as one of their supervision options.
  • Every fourth year, all teachers participating in other differentiated options will cycle back into the administrative observation mode.
  • Tenured teachers who are new to the South Western School District shall be observed once each semester during their first year of teaching. Rating procedures shall be the same as those for other tenured teachers.
  • Teachers returning from an absence of a year or more will be in the administrative observation mode.