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T †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††POCONO MOUNTAIN SCHOOL DISTRICT


(Professional - Instructional)



Ms. Amber Finan


Mr. Mark McGalla, Assistant Principal


Emotional Support Math/9-12










Students walked into the room and began the ATB activity that was on the board.Ms. Finan reviewed the ATB activity by having two students complete it for the class to ensure accuracy and understanding.Next, Ms. Finan reviewed how to obtain the perimeter and area of a square, rectangle and triangle.After her lesson on the white board she had the students work independently to demonstrate that they could do this.Then, students reviewed some math concepts they were having difficulty with before. Lastly, Ms. Finan ended the class by reviewing the objectives of the lesson aloud.



II.†† PEDAGOGY††††† (KEY†† S = SatisfactorySNI = Satisfactory,needs improvementU = UnsatisfactoryN/A = Not Applicable)


A.Planning and Preparation††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††


S†† SNIUN/A†††††


††††1.Prepares plans consistent with approved district

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††† curriculum.††††††††

††††2.Incorporates technology where appropriate.

††3.Includes bridging techniques for review.†††

††††4.Structures lesson for high rate of student

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† involvement and success.

††††5.Plans and organizes lesson material effectively.†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††


S†† SNIUN/A†††††


††††6.†† Plans and organizes learning activities

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† effectively.†††††

††††7.†† Demonstrates understanding of sound

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† methodology of learning and instruction.

††††8.†† Plans varied tasks and responses.

††††9.†† Develops clear and sequential instruction.

††††10. Makes realistic provisions for differences in

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† abilities and backgrounds.†††††††††† ††††††††††††


Ms. Finan has appropriate lesson plans that are specific and focus on one or two objectives daily.Furthermore, she provides students with several opportunities to demonstrate attainment of the lesson objective(s).Her lessons are structured for a high rate of student involvement. Ms. Finan makes appropriate provisions for differences in abilities and backgrounds. This is a crucial skill when teaching students in an Emotional Support class.††



B.Classroom Management


S†† SNIUN/A†††††


††††1.†† Establishes a positive and stimulating setting††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††† for learning.

††††2.†† Uses class time efficiently.†††††††††††††

††††3.†† Maintains appropriately controlled

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† environment.

††††4.†† Establishes appropriate instructional groups.

††††5.†† Maintains classroom to promote health and

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† safety of students.†††††††††††††††††††††††††


S†† SNIUN/A†††††


††††6.†† Monitors student time on task.

††††7.†† Provides transitions within the lesson and

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† between classes.

††††8.†† Establishes and maintains rules and

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† procedures.

††††9.†† Assumes responsibility for care of materials,

††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††equipment and classroom.

††††10. Holds students accountable for behaviors

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† in a fair, dignified and positive manner.


Ms. Finan has created a classroom atmosphere that is conducive for learning to take place.She has established and maintains rules and procedures.Ms. Finan expects a lot from her students and teaches at a quick pace.The pace of her instruction is appropriate.†† Ms. Finan started this year asserting herself as the teacher that holds students accountable in a fair manner.Nice job.









S†† SNIUN/A†††††


††††1.Demonstrates self-confidence.††††††††††††††††††††

††††2.Probes and uses student answers appropriately.

††††3.Communicates clearly and effectively using

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† correct and appropriate language.

†††† 4.Gives appropriate feedback for positive or

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† negative student behavior.††††††††††††††††††††††††

†††† 5.Clearly communicates directions and

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† procedures.†††††


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††††6.†† Effectively communicates skills and

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† concepts of lesson.

††††7.†† Prepares chalkboard or media

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† presentations clearly and legibly.

††††8.†† Guides students in analyzing, evaluating

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††and reviewing their own work.

††††9.†† Uses praise effectively and with purpose.

††††10. Maintains accurate records of student

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† performance and progress.


Ms. Finan has grown tremendously this year in many aspects of her teaching.In particular, her self-confidence in teaching in front of the classroom and dealing with difficult situations has increased significantly.She utilizes praise effectively and this results in getting the most out of her students.She prepares the white board and presents information in clearly to her students. Lastly, Ms. Finan provides students with appropriate wait time when asking students questions. This is a best practice that encourages participation and results in learning taking place at the higher levels of Bloom's Taxonomy.



D.Student Response††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††


S†† SNIUN/A†††††


†††††††† 1.Actively engages students in tasks and

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† assignments.

††††2.Facilitates appropriate student-to-student

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† and teacher-to-student interaction.

††††3.Provides for responses that demonstrate ††

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† attainment for lesson objective(s).

††††4.Reinforces student on-task behavior.

††††5.Encourages mutual respect and courtesy.


S†† SNIUN/A†††††

†††† 6.†† Creates opportunities for higher order

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† thinking.

††7.†† Encourages behavior conducive to learning.

†††† 8.†† Elicits information, ideas, and opinions.

†††† 9.†† Maintains respect for the rights and property

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† of others.

†††† 10. Maintains high expectations.




Students respond positively to Ms. Finan as a teacher and a person.Ms. Finan encourages creativity and higher order thinking in her students.Her expectations of students to learn at the higher levels of Bloom's taxonomy is a credit to her genuine belief that all students can learn.Ms. Finan is encouraged to continue having high expectations and challenging her students to constantly improve themselves.



E.Instructional Methods


S†† SNIUN/A†††††


†††† 1.Demonstrates competency in subject area.

†††† 2.Uses a variety of strategies and materials.

†††† 3.Monitors student learning.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

†††† 4.Adjusts lesson to accommodate student

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† inquiry and needs.†††††††††

†††† 5.Provides for individual rates of learning by ††††††††††††††† †††††††††

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† differentiating instruction and assignments.†††††††††††††††


S†† SNIUN/A†††††


†††† 6.†† Demonstrates enthusiasm for the teaching-

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† learning process.

†††† 7.†† Gives assignments or supporting activities

††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††that are clear and purposeful.

†††† 8.†† Paces instruction appropriately.

†††† 9. ††Uses motivational techniques.

††††10.Asks questions at various levels and uses

††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††student responses appropriately.


Ms. Finan does an excellent job of monitoring student learning. Not only is she attentive but she seems to have a sense of when a student is having trouble and may not feel comfortable letting her know. Consequently, she is able to prevent distracting behaviors from taking place, which often times are rooted in student frustrations, with the material. Due to the nature of an emotional support classroom it is necessary to provide for individual rates of leaning, which Ms. Finan does by providing different assignments and differentiating her instruction.







Observerís Overall Comments (Commendations and Suggestions for Improvement)†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† †††††††††††

Ms. Finan came to the West High School for the last five weeks of the 2003-2004 school year.She inherited challenging classes and was initiated into teaching in an emotional support classroom.This year she continued teaching the emotional support classes and took advantage of the opportunity to develop her own classroom rules and expectations from the first day of school.This is a credit to her professionalism and resiliency.


We look forward to Ms. Finan returning to the WHS next year.


Teacherís Overall Comments
















Rating Code:†† 1.Unsatisfactory

††††††††††††††††††††††† 2.Satisfactory, Needs Improvement

††††††††††††††††††††††† 3.Satisfactory

Overall Rating for this observation:3


Teacherís Signature:______________________________________________ Date:_5/19/05_______


Observerís Signature:_____________________________________________ Date:_5/19/05_______





cc:†††† Dr. David Krauser, Superintendent

†††††††††††† Mr. Jawn Herman, WHS Principal

†††††††††††† Mr. Mark McGalla, WHS Assistant Principal

†††††††††††† Mrs. Betsy Gustafson Supervisor

†††††††††††† Ms. Amber Finan, Teacher

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