Teacher interviews are about finding more out about teacher beliefs and rationales for their practice. Additionally, they are great ways to engage in opportunities for reflection. The following questions are adapted from the HIDOE implementation of the Danielson's Observation Cycle. They are generally interested in the following concepts: establishing and communicating the purpose of the lesson, describing the learning outcomes of the lesson and their relationship to the larger sequence of learning, relevance of lesson to students, the questions that are driving student inquiry, the formative assessment cycle, student engagement, and student behavior management.
The pre-observation teacher interview (prior to observation of instruction) will focus on the following questions. You can click the button below to submit your answers.
1. Why did you choose to teach this lesson?
2. What are the learning outcomes for this lesson, and how are they related to the larger learning sequence?
3. How would you describe this lesson as meaningful, useful, or relevant for students (i.e. communicate the importance of the content)?
4. What are the big questions are you using to drive student discussion?
5. How are you planning to check for understanding and assess student outcomes?
6. How would you describe this lesson as engaging for students?
7. How do you plan to manage student behavior throughout the lesson, starting with expectations?
Sample Pre-Observation Interview
Additionally, teachers will be asked to share curricular materials and/or lesson plans prior to the teaching. Click the button below to submit your answers.
1. Please describe the instructional materials you are using for this lesson.
2. Why did you consider in choosing these materials?
3. What is it that you like about these materials?
4. Are there any changes that would you make to these materials?
5. How would you describe these materials as meaningful and relevant to student’s lives?
Sample Instructional Materials Interview
The post-observation teacher interview will be focused on the following 7 questions. Click the button below to submit your answers.
1. How were you effective in communicating the purpose of the lesson?
2. Which parts of your instructional practice were most effective supporting students to meet the learning objectives? Why?
3. What role did organization and planning play in this lesson (planning, classroom set-up)?
4. What role did behavior management play in this lesson (expectations, procedures, routines, discipline)?
5. How do you think the lesson went with regards to student engagement?
6. How do you think students found this lesson meaningful and relevant?
7. How would you like to develop this lesson in the future?
Sample Post-Observation Interview
The debrief will focus on the review of Danielson's components, reflection, and relevancy of content to students. (http://goo.gl/rGW0QZ)
1. Which parts of your instruction do you think were most effective (Using Danielson’s Framework)?
2. Which parts of your instruction would you like to develop further?
3. How would you describe your instruction as meaningful and relevant to the lives of students?
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