Advanced proficiency level: 4th Grade

This conversation occurs halfway through the school year.

Support materials:
Excerpt from Observation Form
Excerpt from Conversation with Evaluator

Overall rating & analysis

Overall rating: Two AP Strands equal an overall AP rating.

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Strand 1: The teacher’s effectiveness in selecting “I can” strategies and messages that will compel students.

Effectively uses the same teacher-centered strategies in all situations to convey generic messages that students can achieve by working hard

Effectively uses student-centered strategies (based on an understanding of students and depending on the situation) to reach a range of students to convey that students can achieve by working hard

Effectively considers individual students and situations when choosing strategies and messages that convey that students can achieve by working hard

Strand 2: The frequency of “I can” strategies and the degree to which they are integrated into the classroom.

Conveys messages and implements strategies occasionally and in isolation

Regularly conveys messages and employs a series of integrated classroom strategies

Monitors individual students’ “I can” investment levels, effectively conveys messages and employs strategies as often as necessary, enables students to empower one another, and initiates effective efforts to shape the larger school context

 

Analysis: Why did the teacher receive these ratings?

Rating: APStrand 1: The teacher’s effectiveness in selecting “I can” strategies and messages that will compel students.

Why AP?

The teacher "uses a student-centered strategies.to convey that students can achieve by working hard." First, the teacher has students track their homework completion every day and then asks them to "analyze the data to determine if those students who did all four nights of homework received higher grades on their weekly Friday quiz than the students who didn't complete all their homework. Then they have to fill in the graph to show the relationship." The students also "have tracking sheets to count the number of minutes they read in school and at home, and they are responsible for tracking those minutes." Every six weeks the teacher tests each student to determine his or her reading level and then presents the "class's average reading level and [students] have to analyze the data to determine if [their] reading levels improve when the collective minutes of reading increase." Finally, the teacher asks students to fill out a goal sheet at the beginning of every unit, which includes action steps for achieving the goal. The teacher checks in with students both halfway through the unit and after the graded tests have been returned to have the students reflect on the connection between their effort and the test result. All of these strategies are "student-centered," as they include active student participation.

Why not E?

There is insufficient evidence that the teacher effectively considers individual students and situations when choosing strategies and messages that convey that students can achieve by working hard.?

Rating: APStrand 2: The frequency of “I can” strategies and the degree to which they are integrated into the classroom.

Why AP?

The teacher regularly conveys messages and employs a series of integrated classroom strategies.?

The homework strategy is implemented both daily and weekly. Tracking the minutes read is implemented both daily and every six weeks, while the goal-setting strategy is implemented at the mid- and end-point of every unit.

Why not E?

There is evidence that the teacher "enables students to empower one another" (e.g., "I hear them saying to each other, 'Make sure you do your homework tonight! Don't forget to do your homework tonight so our quizzes get better!'") However, there is insufficient evidence that the teacher "monitors individual students' "I can" investment levels," "effectively conveys messages and employs strategies as often as necessary," and "initiates effective efforts to shape the larger school context."