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


(Professional - Instructional)



Ms. Amber Finan


Dr. Loraine A. Petrillo, Assistant Principal


SED Math, Mixed










The students entered the room and began working on the ATB activity while the teacher took attendance, distributed picture forms, and collected handbook receipts. The room was decorated with many instructional math related materials. At 7:48, the teacher advised the students that the behavior point charts were beginning today. She directed the students to take out a pen/pencil, notebook, agenda planner, and handouts. She walked around the class giving points to students who had the needed materials. At 7:51, a review of the ATB--order of operations--took place with students volunteering answers. At 7:54, the students began working on the handout provided. The teacher placed the problems on the board and worked through them with the students.At 8:20, the students began working independently on problems while the teacher walked around the room providing individual assistance. The students were given a five minute break at 8:30. Only three of the eight students stopped working. At 8:35, the teacher regrouped the students and continued the lesson.









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.†††††††††† ††††††††††††


An appropriate lesson plan was presented for review that reflected adaptations for students. An at the bell activity, objectives, activities, and assessment/closure activity were included. Three to five days of planning needs to be done. The lesson plan linked the objectives of the lesson with the activities. When designing the lesson plan, the teacher took into account the students' attention spans and learning needs.


A complete packet of information has been prepared for a substitute teacher.



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.


The teacher used consistent and proactive discipline when dealing with a student who entered the classroom from the nurse and was sick. He had several outbursts that were handled appropriately. Effective and smooth transitions between the activities was observed. She is aware of all activities in the classroom and anticipated potential problems.





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.†††††


S†† SNIUN/A†††††


††††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.


Through the use of Lettergrade, the teacher maintains accurate records of student performance and progress. When solving equations, the teacher took the students through the steps needed to solve each equation. To help students remember the correct order of operations, she had them memorize the phrase, "please excuse my dear Aunt Sally"--parenthesis, exponents, multiplication/division, addition/substraction.



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.




Except for the sick student, all students were completely engaged throughout the lesson with appropriate activities and materials to support the objectives of the lesson--students will be able to simplify written expressions and state the five properties of addition and multiplication.



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.


The teacher knows and understands the students as individuals in terms of their ability, achievement, learning styles, and needs. She geared the instruction to the students' needs. The teacher employed various techniques such as hands-on learning to assist in student understanding of the subject matter.      




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

Ms. Finan has established an excellent classroom environment conducive to learning. The students know and understand the expectations of this teacher. Ms. Finan treats students with respect and provides continuous feedback to the students. When Ms. Finan joined the WHS last spring, she came into a difficult situation where the teacher left abruptly. Ms. Finan handled this situation extremely well and provided meaningful instruction to the students.


Teacherís Overall Comments
















Rating Code:†† 1.Unsatisfactory

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

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

Overall Rating for this observation:3


Teacherís Signature:______________________________________________ Date:_________________


Observerís Signature:_____________________________________________ Date:_________________





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

††††††††† †††Mr. J. Herman, WHS Principal

†††††††††††† Ms. L. Petrillo, WHS Assistant Principal

†††††††††††† Ms. B. Gustafson, Special Education Director

†††††††††††† Ms. A. Finan, Teacher

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