This blog has recently gained many new readers. Because of that, I thought it might be worth sharing a “A Look Back” where I periodically share my favorite from the past fourteen years. You can also see all of my choices for “Best” posts here.
A new study in secondary schools found that teachers observing their colleagues two-or-three times and providing feedback using one-half of what lots of educators tell me is a ridiculously complex Danielson rubric resulted in improved academic results for students of both (a little more for students of the observers). It was not part of any formal evaluation process.
You can read the report here (it’s not behind a paywall) and see the rubric they used (you can find it in the last two pages).
I learned about it through this tweet:
🚨Better professional development is within reach for every school.
Low-stakes peer observations using formal rubric have huge potential to be an engine for teacher professional growth.
New study shows 2-3 obs ⬆️ ach by 0.07 SD in math and English. 1/nhttps://t.co/dK8ZR6vfuE
— Matthew A. Kraft (@MatthewAKraft) October 8, 2019
I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Doing Classroom Observations.
You might be interested in a somewhat similar process we used at our schools a few years ago: Videotaping teachers the right way (not the Gates way)