Chapter 13 – Observing Skills
After reading Chapter 13, respond to the following questions:
1) This chapter stresses the distinction between observation and interpretation. What are some instances you have witnessed when an individual correctly described a situation or event but misinterpreted the meaning of the situation or event?
2) What are some teacher instructional concerns for which it would be more appropriate to gather quantitative data? Qualitative data?
3) How do the observation instruments presented in this chapter contrast with summative evaluation forms with which you are familiar?
Chapter 14 – Evaluation Skills
After reading Chapter 14, respond to the following questions:
1) What is the purpose of Program Evaluation?
2) Identify the six key decisions in the Program Evaluation process. In one sentence for each, describe the purpose of the key decision in your own words.
3) A teacher portfolio can be used either for formative (improvement) or summative (decision on future employment) teacher evaluation. How would the development and contents of a portfolio used for summative teacher evaluation differ from the development and contents of a portfolio used for formative evaluation?