VirtualPREX : Virtual Professional Experience http://www.virtualprex.com/ VirtualPREX : Virtual Professional Experience
VirtualPrex is a mechanism whereby pre-service teachers can gain skills, confidence and techniques to support their real life professional experience prior to practicum by the use of virtual worlds.
Getting the best from classroom observation http://www.ecove.net/home/cov/smartlist_49/white_papers.html Data-Based Observations
Developing Self-Directed Professional Growth
A white paper by Dr. John L. Tenny, developer of the Data-Based Observation Method and the eCOVE Classroom Observation Software November, 2008
Pupil-Teacher Classroom Observation Scale http://www.afcec.org/tipsforteachers/tips_a4.html Assessing for Instructional and Behaviour Problems: Using the Pupil-Teacher Classroom Observation Scale
A simple instrument that can be used for systematic observation is the Pupil-Teacher Classroom Observation Scale (PTCOS) (Simpson, 1979).
This instrument is designed to allow one observer to record information about the classroom behavior of an individual student. One observation session can be completed in 20 minutes.
Every 10 seconds, the observer makes a judgement as to whether the student is being on-task, off-task, or disruptive. After 20 minutes of observation, the observer can calculate the percentage of time that each category of behavior occurred during the observation period.
It is recommended that three 20-minute observation periods be completed in order to get a truly representative sample of the studentís behavior.
eCOVE Classroom Observation Software http://www.ecove.net The new Advanced Edition of the eCOVE Classroom Observation Software includes 40 tools, five styles of reports, multiple templates for creating objective data collection tools to track classroom behaviors of teachers and/or students.
The data is used to provide objective feedback to teachers, resulting in self-directed professional growth.
Used by observers in pre-school through college, there are tools tracking best practices, second language (ESL, ELL, SIOP), and special education students. The software is in use across the US and in 20+ other countries.
PATHWISE Classroom Observation System http://www.ets.org/pathwise PATHWISE Classroom Observation System
The PATHWISE Classroom Observation System is an innovative new professional development/assessment system for student and beginning teachers built on a framework of essential teaching criteria.
The system is based on the premise that current empirical research on teaching should be the primary basis for judgments about a new teacher's professional practice, which should, in turn, guide the extended professional development plan.
Classroom Observation - guidance for school representatives http://www.teachers.org.uk/observation Classroom Observation - guidance for school representatives ... published by the National Union of Teachers (UK)
Excessive classroom observation is a serious problem in many schools. Steps must be taken to prevent this. NUT school representatives should seek to secure from the school management team an agreement on the total amount of classroom observation for any purpose or purposes to which teachers can be subjected within the academic year and to the procedures to be followed before, during and after such observations. Support for such approaches may be sought from representatives of other teachers?organisations at the school.