Novice proficiency level: 1st Grade Bilingual

This observation occurs during November.

Support materials:

Letter Home

Narrative Description

Overall rating & analysis

Four N ratings equal an overall N rating.

Novice

Beginning

Advanced

In action…Demonstrates attempt to respectfully mobilize students’ influencers

In reflection…Accurately explains key strategies for respectfully mobilizing students’ influencers

Describes in a compelling way why it is important to mobilize students’ influencers

Strand 1: The number of strategies teacher uses to interact with students’ influencers and the extent to which strategies are customized.

Uses a single, formal method to interact with every student's family

Uses multiple methods and occasions to mobilize Students’ key influencers (e.g., parents, guardians, other relatives, coach, pastor, etc.)

Strand 2: The information teacher shares with student influencers, and the extent to which teacher enables student influencers to act on the information.

Provides basic information and respectfully requests help when students are not working hard

Shares knowledge and skills on how the influencers and the teacher can accelerate the students’ progress

Strand 3: The type of positive information teacher provides influencers about students’ academic progress.

Shares positive news of student performance on an absolute scale

Shares positive news of student performance on a relative scale

Strand 4: The extent to which the teacher mobilizes student influencers.

Successfully informs students’ families of basic information

Successfully involves students’ key influencers


Analysis: Why did the teacher receive these ratings?

Rating: NStrand 1: The number of strategies teacher uses to interact with students’ influencers and the extent to which strategies are customized.

Why N?

The only formal and reliable interaction Ms. Cauble seems to have with students’ families is the newsletter. (The relayed-messages home are neither formal nor reliable.) The fact that Ms. Cauble does not follow through on translating the letter undermines its utility significantly. These half-hearted attempts do not meet the Beginning Proficiency bar of "uses a single, formal method to interact with every student's family" and thus the teacher’s attempt qualifies as Novice.


Rating: NStrand 2: The information teacher shares with student influencers, and the extent to which teacher enables student influencers to act on the information.

Why N?

  • The second strand of I-6 considers the information the teacher shares with student influencers. Ms. Cauble's letter home contains virtually no indication of when or how students’ families can communicate with her and focuses almost entirely on behavior. (Even in the behavioral consequences, there is no indication that Ms. Cauble will reach out to families.)
  • The lack of relevant substance in the letter, combined with Ms. Cauble's message-relay system, indicate that her actions do not meet the basic Beginning Proficiency bar of providing "basic information." Ms. Cauble, at best, might be sending home only vague information that does not inform families of "how the student is progressing toward the goal" (Beginning Proficient interpretation guide). She does not "request help when students are not working hard" as required in the Beginning Proficient cell of the rubric. Thus, her weak attempt amounts to a Novice effort on Strand Two.


Rating: NStrand 3: The type of positive information teacher provides influencers about students’ academic progress.

Why N?

If Ms. Cauble's system of sending verbal messages home via her students actually worked, she might qualify as Beginning Proficient on Strand Three ("shares positive news of student performance on an absolute scale"). Given the uncertain efficacy of her communication system however, Ms. Cauble's actions can only be considered an unsuccessful attempt and she therefore warrants a NOVICE rating.

Rating: NStrand 4: The extent to which the teacher mobilizes student influencers.

Why N?

Presumably, some subset of Ms. Cauble's students’ families could in fact read her only-in-English letter. And, by November she had a couple of students’ parents call her. While these are very weak results, they do indicate more than a Pre-Novice rating (no success at all) and less than a Beginning Proficient rating ("successfully informs students’ families of basic information"). Ms. Cauble is NOVICE on the fourth strand of I-6.