The idea of being observed while performing a job can make anyone feel a little nervous. But understanding what CLASS observations are really about can help teachers relax and approach their classrooms with the same skill and attention they normally do.
Marnetta Larrimer is today’s guest. She’s an early education professional and trainer who is currently a Professional Services Manager for Teachstone. In her conversation with Kate today, she’s going to talk about what a CLASS observation is all about. Listen to the episode to hear what she has to say about what she would be doing while observing a classroom, who she’s paying attention to, and what happens after an observation. The answers you hear will help you feel more confident the next time you’re being observed.
Topics Discussed in This Episode
- [00:00:35] What a CLASS observation is all about
- [00:02:48] What a CLASS observation actually is
- [00:04:01] What to expect during a CLASS observation
- [00:06:10] What Marnetta would be doing during an observation, and for how long
- [00:07:58] What Marnetta’s doing when she’s coding
- [00:08:54] What Marnetta is looking for from different age groups
- [00:10:03] If there’s a team in the classroom, who is Marnetta looking for
- [00:14:08] How a teacher and her team can prepare for an observation
- [00:19:23] What would happen if there were an accident or something extreme that happened during an observation
- [00:21:45] What happens after the observation
- [00:24:25] What Marnetta would say to encourage a teacher