A companion tool to the Framework for Teaching: Intellectual Engagement guide, the Observation Tool, can be used in conjunction with the Self-Assessment and Reflection Tool for a variety of purposes, including:
- As an opportunity for an observer to work with individual teachers to reflect on their practice by focusing on one, or all eight, of these critical components.
- By grade level and/or department teams, or an entire staff to gauge how teachers are doing and where support might be needed.
- As a way to gauge teacher growth and progress from a beginning point to an end-point (and along the way), whether it’s the beginning/end of year, or as a readiness indicator at the launch of an inquiry cycle.
However this tool is used, the intent should always be to promote reflection, improvement, and support.