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1 HISD Becoming #GreatAllOver Observation Guide for Administrators Prekindergarten & Kindergarten June, 2014 HISD Summer Leadership Institute HOUSTON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT

2 HISD Becoming #GreatAllOver Prekindergarten & Kindergarten Observation Guide for Administrators Facilitators:  Memorial Elementary School – Mechiel Rozas, Principal  Early Childhood Department – Alison Heath – Janice Dingayan – Marcela Landestoy – Michelle Thomas  Reading Department – Venita Bland

3 HISD Becoming #GreatAllOver Ice Breaker: Picture Perfect Make groups of 3-4 people. Locate a photo on your mobile device that best represents you or your interests. Share with your group members.

4 HISD Becoming #GreatAllOver Norms Actively participate Show mutual respect Limit side conversations Use mobile devices courteously Eat, drink, and be extraordinary!

5 HISD Becoming #GreatAllOver  Participants will examine the process and structural features of a quality early childhood classroom.  Participants will utilize the Prekindergarten & Kindergarten Observation Guide as a continuum to enhance knowledge, better equip and promote professional growth of early childhood professionals. Expected Outcomes

6 HISD Becoming #GreatAllOver Turn and Talk  What comes to your mind when you think of a PK/K Observation Guide?  Why do you think it is necessary?

7 HISD Becoming #GreatAllOver Where can I find the PK/K Observation Guide?  Admin Support

8 HISD Becoming #GreatAllOver Essential Elements Classroom Environment Data Collection and Tracking Curriculum Content PK/K Classroom Arrangement Work Stations Classroom Management Students’ Names Student Work Print Daily Schedule Books Calendar Reading Writing Math Science Social Studies ESL Small Group Instruction Journals Portfolios Istation Assessment Shared Reading Guided Reading Modeled Writing Interactive Writing Word Study Read-Aloud Phonological/ Phonemic Awareness Partner/ Independent Reading

9 HISD Becoming #GreatAllOver The purpose of this document is to help:  teachers and administrators learn more about the domains and elements of the continuum  teachers and administrators engage in professional conversations about components of the guide  teachers and administrators gain a better understanding of how teachers demonstrate proficiency in practice  teachers self- reflect on their current practices This document IS NOT an official appraisal document from the Office of Human Capital and Accountability. PK/K Administrator’s Observation Guide

10 HISD Becoming #GreatAllOver  Articulates the expectations for specific early childhood standards  Describes the levels of quality from excellent to poor  1 Ineffective  2 Need Improvement  3 Effective  4 Highly Effective  Guides ongoing feedback to foster professional growth of teachers Observation Rubric

11 HISD Becoming #GreatAllOver 1- There are 1-5 workstations. Room is disorganized, and work stations are undefined. Work stations are not well stocked with appropriate materials, and are not easily accessible to the students. There is no evidence of journals or writing incorporated within the work stations. There is no evidence of modeling to support student implementation. 2- There are 6-9 defined work stations. Room is somewhat organized. Some of the materials are in stock and accessible to the students. Some work stations have a journal or writing component. There is minimal evidence of modeling to support student implementation. 3- There are 10 defined work stations. Room and materials are organized. Most work stations incorporate a journal or writing component. Some evidence of HFW and/or vocabulary are present to support reading, oral language and writing development. Students have differentiated choices at each independent learning areas. 4- There are 11 or more well defined work stations that contain a variety of rigorous and challenging activities. Work stations allow for differentiation for students are different ability levels. Room is organized. Materials are organized and available. Work station areas allow space for all children. Journals or writing is incorporated within each work station. Evidence of HFW and/or vocabulary are present to support reading, oral language and writing development. Evidence of student products are displayed. Work Stations These are my work stations: ABC, Math and Library. They go to the work stations when they finish their seatwork. Classroom Environment:

12 HISD Becoming #GreatAllOver Work Stations Classroom Environment:

13 HISD Becoming #GreatAllOver 1- No management system evident. Students and teacher seem unorganized % of the class is off task. 2- Management system is evident but is not being used by students or in an efficient manner. The teacher’s lesson is unorganized which significantly affects learning % of the class is off task. 3- Management system is evident and being used by the teacher. Students execute routines and procedures in an orderly and efficient manner in order to maximize learning % of the class is on task. 4- Management system is evident and being used by students. Students assume responsibility for routines and procedures and execute them in an orderly, efficient, and self- directed manner that requires little or no direction from the teacher % of the class is on task. Classroom Management Classroom Environment: My first work station is at the Science work station. Ms. Taylor doesn’t need to tell me where to go next. When I finish, I go to the Buddy Reading work station.

14 HISD Becoming #GreatAllOver Classroom Management Classroom Environment:

15 HISD Becoming #GreatAllOver 1- Children’s names are not visible in the classroom. 2- Children’s names are visible on the word wall but no picture is included. 3- Names are visible on the word wall, management charts, and some work stations with children’s pictures included. The students use the displayed names as a reference to support learning activities. 4- Names are visible on the word wall, management charts, and many work stations with children’s pictures included. The students use the displayed names as a reference to support learning activities. Children’s Names Classroom Environment: Children’s names are on the word wall, in 3 work stations, on helpers and conduct charts.

16 HISD Becoming #GreatAllOver Children’s Names Classroom Environment: I display student names in each of my work station as a reference to support their work.

17 HISD Becoming #GreatAllOver 1- No student work is displayed. Most writing are teacher generated. 2- Some student work is displayed. Some writing are teacher generated. 3- There are multiple types of authentic student’s work displayed throughout the classroom. Some of students are represented. 4- There are multiple types of authentic, current student work displayed throughout the classroom. Student work reflects specific lesson objectives or foci. All students are represented. Children’s Work Classroom Environment:

18 HISD Becoming #GreatAllOver Children’s Work Classroom Environment:

19 HISD Becoming #GreatAllOver 1- There is no print in the classroom. 2- There is minimal print in the classroom and/or print appears decorative rather than functional/educational. There are no current modeled, shared, or interactive writing archives. 3- There is functional/educational print in the classroom. The print is linked to the current theme/topic. Print is located low enough to allow for child interaction. The majority of the print reflects modeled, shared, or interactive writing archives. 4 – There is an abundance of functional/educational print located in all areas of the classroom. The print is linked to the current theme/topic. Print is located low enough to allow for child reference or interaction. The majority of the print is student generated. There are numerous current modeled, shared, and interactive writing archives visible at student eye level. Students refer to or interact with the print and incorporate print within a work station. Print Classroom Environment:

20 HISD Becoming #GreatAllOver Print Classroom Environment:

21 HISD Becoming #GreatAllOver Brain Break: Match the Cards Door Prize HappyBirthday!

22 HISD Becoming #GreatAllOver 1- There is no daily schedule evident. 2- There is a daily schedule that is not easily accessible to students. Schedule may lack pictures and/or icons. 3- Daily schedule is accessible to students and is displayed at their eye level. There is a clip that is moved as students progress through their day. There are pictures/icons for every activity. 4- Daily schedule is accessible to students and is displayed at their eye level. Students demonstrate ownership by moving a clip on the schedule as they progress through their day. There are relevant photos for every activity. Daily Schedule Classroom Environment: We have a daily schedule at the back of the room but I don’t know what the words say…

23 HISD Becoming #GreatAllOver Daily Schedule Classroom Environment:

24 HISD Becoming #GreatAllOver 1- There are no books in the classroom. 2- Books are only available to students in the classroom library. Books do not reflect current theme or guidelines being studied. 3- There are books in multiple areas (in the work stations) of the classroom other than the classroom library including fiction and non-fiction. Books are organized in containers. 4- There are books in multiple areas (in the work stations) of the classroom other than the classroom library including fiction and non-fiction. Books are organized in containers. Books reflect current themes being studied. Books Classroom Environment: I love going to our classroom library! This is the only place where I can read books.

25 HISD Becoming #GreatAllOver Books Classroom Environment:

26 HISD Becoming #GreatAllOver 1- There is no calendar in the classroom. 2- Calendar is displayed in the classroom, but it is not up to date. There is no set calendar routine. 3- Calendar is displayed in the classroom and it is up to date. There is a set calendar routine. Students participate in calendar activities. 4- Calendar is displayed in the classroom and it is up to date. There is a set calendar routine. Students actively participate in calendar routines. Students are also in charge of some if not all aspects of leading calendar with their peers. Calendar covers some if not all content areas. Calendar Classroom Environment: Ashley, great job leading the calendar!

27 HISD Becoming #GreatAllOver Calendar Classroom Environment: Uh-oh, it’s December, I haven’t done the calendar for a long time!

28 HISD Becoming #GreatAllOver Designated small group area that will accommodate 4-6 students. Small group lesson plans are available and used. Manipulatives for skill development are readily available. A clear system to assess student understanding and formulate further instruction during the lesson is evident such as anecdotal notes. Students can explain and track their progress or objectives they are working on or goals they are working towards. Multiple titles of multiple leveled books for guided reading are evident. Word Study for each group is evident. Reading strategies taught and used by each group are evident. Small Group Instruction Data Collection & Tracking Designated small group instruction areas could be:  A designated table  On the carpet/rug  At a work station Possible materials that may be observed during a small group lesson:  Rhyming books  Vocabulary picture cards  Alphabet Charts  Paper  Writing Instruments  Play-doh  Alphabet books  Letter Stamps  Magnetic Letters  Individual White Boards  Math Manipulatives

29 HISD Becoming #GreatAllOver Small Group Instruction Data Collection & Tracking

30 HISD Becoming #GreatAllOver Journals are accessible to children and are used on a daily basis with dated entries. In addition, there are 2 or more types of other journals such as math and science that are used regularly with dated entries to track student progress. Journals Data Collection & Tracking

31 HISD Becoming #GreatAllOver  There are portfolios for each child that include(s) current dated materials, observations, anecdotal records and photos to analyze student progress and plan for differentiated instruction.  Portfolios can also be electronic.  Intervention or acceleration plans are available with activities. Portfolios Data Collection & Tracking Anecdotal Notes Child's Name: Alex P. Date & Time: 3/3/14 9:30 am Learning Center: Buddy Reading Center Observed Event or Behaviors: During literacy group, Alex listened as Katie read the Dinosaur Book. When Katie finished reading, Alex picked up a piece of art paper and drew a picture of what he would do with a dinosaur if he had one for a pet. Then he wrote letter strings.

32 HISD Becoming #GreatAllOver Data Binder Data Collection & Tracking  Helps track and document progress made by students in an organized way – Assessment Data – Small Groups – Small Group Planning – Anecdotal Notes – Progress Monitoring Data

33 HISD Becoming #GreatAllOver  Recap with a partner 4 components of the classroom environment and describe what a level 4 looks like.  Explain how data is tracked and collected.  Develop your next steps in using the observation process to support your teacher. Stop – Think – Review

34 HISD Becoming #GreatAllOver  Curriculum Resources  Teacher Resources  Professional Development  Pre-K Assessment  Reporting System  Admin Support  Principal Memos  Video Library  PK Enrollment HISD Early Childhood Blog

35 HISD Becoming #GreatAllOver  What is your primary goal for your lesson today, and how will you know if you have met it?  On what would you like me to focus my attention while I am watching the lesson?  What are your students' strengths and challenges based on formal and informal assessment? Pre-observation Questions Coaching Conversations

36 HISD Becoming #GreatAllOver  What did you learn from your lesson today?  What does the students' work tell you about the lesson? How will that affect your informal & formal assessments?  What worked for you and your students in the lesson today? How will that affect their academic achievement?  What would you do differently if you taught this lesson again? Post-observation Questions Coaching Conversations

37 HISD Becoming #GreatAllOver  Here are some research-based strategies I saw you use today...  Here is something I learned from you today...  I saw you... This is going to have ______impact on your student’s by…  I could tell your students were engaged today because...  I could tell you were differentiating because… Stems for Positive Feedback Coaching Conversations

38 HISD Becoming #GreatAllOver  Based on our conversation, what do you feel is your next step?  What does your student data tell you?  You might try....  Here is something you could consider.  Another approach to this might be.... Stems for Making Suggestions Coaching Conversations Questions that Invite Action:  What are your next steps?  What do you need from me?

39 HISD Becoming #GreatAllOver Last But Not Least  Read the case examples.  Use the observation guide to evaluate the content blocks and rate the teacher’s efficacy level.  Outline 2-3 ideas that will improve the teacher’s ability to implement effective practices.  Conduct a mock coaching conversation with your partner as the teacher.

40 HISD Becoming #GreatAllOver Writing Ms. Mars has envelopes, stamps, stationery, and markers in her writing center. Children enjoy writing to their friends and leaving their letters in the classroom mailbox. This is the only place where they can practice their writing skills. Word Wall Mr. Pluto’s word wall is above his SmartBoard. The words displayed are all sight words like the, me, come, an, etc. Read-Aloud Mr. Uranus reads to his class after lunch. He uses context clues to infer meaning, He thinks aloud, asks questions, and develops connections between story elements. His class loves The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Doorbell Rang. Morning Message Mrs. Jupiter writes the morning message everyday. She shows children how to use capital letters and punctuation marks. She asks questions and calls children to fill in the blanks on the SmartBoard. Case Samples Math Mr. Mercury teaches Math after recess. He uses the SmartBoard and gives children worksheets. She sends them to the Math work station when they are done. They can play with the manipulatives however they want. Science Ms. Earth’s children enjoy their nature walks where they get to collect leaves, seeds and flowers from the playground. Her students can draw and label their plant as well as explain why plants are important. ESL Mr. Saturn is not bilingual and he believes his students learn best when totally immersed in the English language. His instruction does not include TPR, scaffolding, or any small group instruction. Social Studies Mrs. Venus hardly teaches Social Studies because the children get bored and start to act up. The lectures are quick and dull. Children rarely engage in the lessons

41 HISD Becoming #GreatAllOver "You get the best effort from others not by lighting a fire beneath them, but by building a fire within.“ ~Bob Nelson

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