SPEED Special Education Joint Agreement #802
Post Observation Reflection Questions
Name_______________________ Program________________ Date__________
1. In general, how successful; was the lesson? Did the students learn what you intended
for them to learn? How do you know?
2. What do your samples of student work or data collection forms reveal about students’
levels of engagement and understanding? ( Bring evidence of student work samples or
data collection forms related to the specific lesson observed)
3. Comment on your classroom procedures, student and staff engagement, and your use
of physical space. To what extent did these contribute to student learning?
4. Did you depart from your plan? If so, how and why?
5. Comment on different aspects of your instructional delivery (e.g., activities, grouping of
students, materials, AT, visuals, and resources). To what extent were they effective?
6. If you had a chance to teach this lesson again to the same group of students, what
would you do differently?
What Teacher Education Programs Did Not Tell Us
A teacher cannot be all things to all people
Teachers are a powerful and compelling figure in the lives of their students.
Students mostly remember their teachers…….not the courses they took
Few people will ever appreciate the amount of time and effort teachers give to their
Choosing to be a teacher is a rewarding profession.
Teachers are both role models and change agents
Teaching is like creating a painting, planting a garden or creating a piece of art
Most of the significant advances in civilization have been the result of the work of
Teaching is an act of faith in the promise of the future…Teaching is a way of life
Adapted from: James Marran, Social Studies Dept. Chair
New Trier High School, Winnetka, Ill.