Observational Tool for Preschool and Toddler Programs

Date________  Time_________  Teacher__________________
Room_______
No. of Students_________
Observer____________________
TEACHER INSTUCTIONAL PRACTICES STUDENT LEARNING PRACTICES
Learning Environment:
☐  Orderly/Clean
☐  Safe
☐  Displays student work
☐  Respects cultural diversity with materials/resources
☐  Materials age-appropriate and child-centered
☐  Supports high expectations
☐  Daily plan focused on multiple skill levels and school readiness concepts
Interactive Behaviors:
☐  Asks/answers questions
☐  Participates in activities and centers
☐  Performs learning objectives to show understanding
☐  Demonstrates knowledge in multiple ways: interpersonal, intrapersonal, verbal-linguistic, logistical-mathematical, visual-spatial, bodily-kinesthetic, musical-rhythmic
☐  Receives feedback on performance
☐  Demonstrates understanding
Instructional Design:
☐  Outcomes-based lesson
☐  Language-based lesson
☐  Total group
☐  Flexible small skill group
☐  Para-professional clear about outcomes/strategies to use
☐  Cooperative play activities
☐  Teacher-led learning
☐  Student-directed learning (centers)
☐  Modeling
☐  Checking understanding
☐  Guided/Independent practice
Cognitive Level:
☐  Parallel play
☐  Student initiated play
☐  Interactive play
☐  Language responses
☐  Student/adult only
☐  Inventive play
Strategies Used to:
☐  Adjust for multiple learning styles
☐  Incorporate culturally responsive readings/perspectives
☐  Address diverse language needs
☐  Identify similarities & differences
☐  Provides appropriate language models
☐  Reinforce efforts & provide recognition
☐  Use practice opportunities to solidify learning
☐  Represent knowledge in multiple ways
☐  Organize learning in centers
☐  Set objectives & provide immediate/continuous feedback
☐  Organized around school ready skills
☐  Use cues, questions & multiple presentations
☐  Increase student engagement
Work Produced:
☐  Individual/group work
☐  Project/center activities
☐  Language responses
☐  Inquisitive questioning
☐  Engages with peers
☐  Engages with adults Resources:
☐  Reading books
☐  Supplemental materials
☐  Manipulatives/toys
☐  Technology
☐  Materials reflect diversityNotes:
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