How have you changed as an educator since you first started?
One of the big things I would get deducted for on my observations was the monitoring piece. I either was inconsistent or didn't do it at all. It was so easy for me to justify my lack of monitoring by telling myself I only get these kids for 40 minutes once a week and that we have a class packed full of learning so there was no time.
I was WRONG!
I can monitor, and very easily and quickly. TeachThought had a great article on formative assessment a few months ago, and Edutopia had one just a few weeks ago.
Some of the assessment listed I implemented immediately in my class and I put a very BIG reminder to myself on the walls in the front of the class.
With these visual reminders as prompts, I know am able to use quick and fun formative assessments to monitor my students throughout the lesson.
Last week we were discussing Empirical Observations versus Inference. A few students were still struggling with the difference. So I picked "Act Out" I had 2 students who understood the difference come to the front and act out each one. Other students in the class had to guess which one they were. I then had the students who were confused come up and act them out.
It was quick, engaging, FUNNY, and memorable! Best of all I was monitoring them and assessing on the spot in a fun way.
Let me know if you are interesting in hearing other ways I quickly Monitor in my Art Class. Would love to share!