SBISD Observation Considerations:

Which of the following areas and/or questions might serve as focal point(s) for your Principals, as they visit classrooms, and engage teachers and students in conversation about their learning?
  • Critical Thinking
    • Is the learning meaningful and real world?
    • What questions are being asked?
    • How are learners developing questioning skills?
    • At what points in the lessons, activities and units of study are students being encouraged to ask questions, or probe for more information?
  • Global Connectivity
    • How is technology being used to connect kids globally?
    • Where are there opportunities for new family involvement - local & global
      • "Relative's Network"
      • Facebook
      • Social Networking
  • Information Literacy
    • How are students accessing new information?
    • What strategies are students using to determine if information is accurate?
    • How are students identifying reliable sources of information?
    • What evidence is there that students understand the way Google works?
      • understanding how search results are listed and ordered on screen (Search terms are in the address and/or links coming into that page from other websites)
      • using advanced features to create more effective searches
    • How are students collecting and organizing their resources?
  • Students Building Legacy
    • How/Where is student work being published for a global audience?
    • How/Where is each student's learning process being archived?
    • In what way(s) are students producing work to serve as examples of "good learning"?
    • In what way(s) are students drawing on others work as examples of "good learning"?
    • In what way(s) are students creating a legacy (e.g. tutorials) that will benefit other students?
    • How are students contributing to the learning of others?

  • Students Owning their Own Learning
    • In what way(s) is the development of self-directed thinkers, learners, do-ers being fostered?
    • Who is working harder in the classroom: the kids or teachers?
    • Do teachers feel comfortable asking kids for help?
      • What consistent opportunities are available for kids to teach others about...(technology, content, process, product)?
      • Are students allowed to use various applications if even if teachers don't know how to use those same applications?
    • What is the balance of self-directed learning (creating assignments, rubrics, assessments, etc.) to teacher-directed or teacher-managed learning?
    • How are students working together in new ways? (e.g. shared note taking with Google doc, Google map)
    • How are students managing their own learning?
  • Leveraging Resources
    • Is technology used for “a project” or is it imbedded everyday? Have teachers changed their pedagogy? (e.g. Flip)
    • Have teachers redesigned their assignments (e.g. Build a Google map of the 50 state capitols instead of memorize the 50 state capitols)
    • Is the use of technology uniquely qualified or could the same assignment or lesson be given without any use of technology?
    • Ask a group of students...If all the technology in the school were removed, what would they miss the most?
    • Ask the teachers, what couldn’t you teach if all the technology were removed? Or, what would you miss the most?