Slide Presentation

More Than 'Drive-By' Observations: New Trends in Watching and Measuring Good Teaching

Presentation for the Education Writers Association 2012 Meeting
June 14, 2012 |

On May 17, 2012, Lisa Guernsey gave a talk at the Education Writers Association annual meeting in Philadelphia on new trends in watching and measuring good teaching that was based in part on the New America paper, Watching Teachers Work: Using Observation Tools to Promote Effective Teaching in the Early Years and Early Grades. The presentation was part of a panel on "Learning From Experts on How to Observe Classrooms" that also included a presentation by Bridget Hamre, research associate professor at the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning at the University of Virginia.

In her talk, Guernsey described how new tools are being used to observe and measure what teachers do in the classroom, how results from those measurements are used in professional development and coaching programs, and the trend toward including results from these new observations in performance evaluations for teachers, schools and early learning programs.

Guernsey's slides can be found here or downloaded from the column at the right.

"The next phase of the ‘effective teaching’ movement will attempt to quantify teaching skills and make comparisons based on what teachers do in the classroom. To improve the teacher workforce, administrators will rely on observation-based tools that are designed to do the quantifying." -- Guernsey, AERA 2012.