NCOSP Tools

Science Classroom Observation Guide (SCOG)

The Science Classroom Observation Guide establishes common language about effective science instruction, helps shape a common vision for science programs, guides individual and group reflection on instruction, and supports administrators and teachers in eliciting the collaborative involvement of their colleagues in examining instructional practices.

This tool is part of a suite of three tools, Science Classroom Observation Guide, Supporting Student Success Guide, and Professional Learning Community Observation Guide, designed to promote reflective discussions of institutional and instructional practices which will lead to continuous improvements in student understanding.

A. Introduction to Science Classroom Observation Guide (SCOG)

Purpose: The The Science Classroom Observation Guide is designed to help groups develop a shared understanding of effective science instruction. In this section you will find three PPt presentations targeting three different audiences: Elementary Teachers; Middle and High School Teachers; and Administrators. The PowerPoints and accompanying documents can be used to introduce a group to the Science Classroom Observation Guide.

Description: Groups will use video clips of classroom lessons and guided discussions to practice using the Science Classroom Observation Guide.

Note: The 'Note Taking Edition' can be copied as a pdf, or downloaded as an electronic template.

Preparation Time: 90 min

Presentation Time: 90 min

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B. Putting Science Classroom Observation Guide Into Practice

Description: The Science Classroom Observation Guide can be used by individual teachers to provide an inventory for effective instruction while planning lessons, and provide a focus for discussion with colleagues and administrators. It can also be used as a collaborative tool to provide structure for professional learning communities, peer classroom observations, and Lesson Study.

The Science Classroom Observation Guide: Note Taking Edition provides a place for observers to collect data from classroom observations. These data will aid in post-instruction discussion and reflection.

Note: The 'Note Taking Edition' can be copied as a pdf, or downloaded as an electronic template.

The Instructional Targets for Individual Teachers Form helps teachers narrow the focus of their instruction and helps observers look for specific evidence during instruction.

The Instructional Targets for Individual Teachers Form Sample provides an example of a completed form.

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