Open Court Observation
Teacher Name: Grade: 2nd # of students: 17 (High WTR class)
Observer: Donnette Van Pelt Date: 10/13/10 Time: 9:26-9:41
I enjoyed seeing your whole group in action reading Tomas and the Library Lady
either in 1st or 3rd person. That was a challenging activity that’s very appropriate
for this group of kids!
Great job of keeping 17 students on task! You moved at a perky pace, which kept
them very attentive and engaged.
Your lesson was focused on one of the 5 Big Ideas (Comprehension).
Good job using positive comments (i.e. “Good job!” “Whole back row looks
ready”, “I see a lot of people following along with their finger, so they’re ready
You elicited correct responses and provided immediate feedback. If students
‘flubbed up’, they were immediately corrected. Great!
All students were provided opportunities to read/respond.
The Promethean Board was used as a visual for students to keep in mind the
characters, important events, and why they liked or didn’t like the story. Also
displayed the spelling book page.
You reviewed with them what 1st and 3rd person means using the white board
Do you use the Teacher/Student game? The kids were working well, but maybe
you could reinforce their positive behavior by having a reward system of some
kind. Maybe you already do and I’m just not aware of it.
Students had access to texts, papers, pencils, etc.
Classroom library was displayed and easily accessible.
Materials were aligned with the core reading program.
“Popcorn”, in this class, means choosing someone to read. Is that correct?
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Central City Elementary School