11 Things Coaches Should Look For in Classroom Observations

I received a handout at a workshop I recently attended on different factors coaches can look for in classroom observations. Collecting quality evidence during observations and presenting it in a clear manner to teachers is such an important piece of improving teacher practice and student achievement…so this handout really got me thinking about what I look for during observations and what areas of feedback teachers tend to find most helpful during our follow-up discussions. I went ahead and whipped up an infographic based on my thinking. Take a peek and let me know what you think. Is there anything you would add?


Download the Free Observation Look-Fors Infographic

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9 Responses to “11 Things Coaches Should Look For in Classroom Observations”

  1. Gail February 7, 2014 at 3:38 pm #

    I’m new to your blog (2 months or so?) and new to coaching. I think this is very useful! Every time I wanted to add something, I realized it was there, just in different language!

  2. faten hnaihen November 11, 2016 at 10:52 am #

    Thank you for this! I am using it as I observe my classroom. Reminds me of what to keep in mind as I write my notes.

  3. Katerina Sidbury November 12, 2016 at 5:34 am #

    Do you seek your infographics. I would love to print it and place it in my office. Nicely summarizes our work

  4. Katerina Sidbury November 12, 2016 at 5:35 am #

    Do you sell your infographics. I would love to print it and place it in my office. Nicely summarizes our work

    • Kristin Houser November 12, 2016 at 1:09 pm #

      Hi Katerina! Thanks for checking in. Please let me know the infographics you’re interested in and I’d be happy to set up a custom order for you on Etsy.

  5. Elvis Epps September 24, 2017 at 5:41 pm #

    Great layout for a simply yet powerful method to monitor instructional practices. I would like to share this with my team and hope that it’s okay to do so. It provides some look-fors that we agree with. I already have a few that ties in closely with our literacy focus such as checking for moderate and high complexity text.

    • Kristin Houser September 25, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

      Hi Elvis! Thanks so much for your comment. I’m glad this form will be helpful to you and your team! Kristin

  6. Deb Irwin May 3, 2018 at 9:22 am #

    I am creating a google form for teachers to use to request coaching. In it, I have your infographic on Obersvation Look-Fors. I would like to put my form on TPT. May I leave the infographic (it shows your website at the bottom), or would you prefer I take it out?

    • Kristin Houser May 7, 2018 at 7:59 am #

      Hi Deb,
      Thanks for checking on this. I totally support your using this infographic to support your coaching work, however I ask that you please not use it for any TPT products.
      Thank you!

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