In the course of your demonstration teaching (DT) experience, you will be observed a minimum of six times by your clinical supervisor to evaluate your performance in the classroom. You will also receive a mid-term and final evaluation by your clinical supervisor and your host teacher to evaluate your demonstrated professional interactions and behaviors over the course of the assignment. These observations and evaluations are designed to gather data about your skills as a prospective teacher and to permit you to demonstrate mastery of the objectives deemed necessary for you to show your competence in lesson presentation, classroom environment and management, explanation and demonstration of content and academic monitoring.
You and your clinical supervisor (CS), along with your host teacher (HT), will determine your schedule of observations. Together you will schedule your observations at different times of day and on different days of the week so that your clinical supervisor may fully observe the breadth of your skills and abilities. In addition, one of the observations may take place at a time not known to you in advance so that your clinical supervisor may observe you during a normal day when you do not anticipate being observed. Don’t delay scheduling these observations as time tends to move very quickly during DT!
Your clinical supervisor will work with you to space the observations out over the period of DT so that you have time to think about and incorporate what you learned from each previous observation. Usually, observations will take place approximately seven to ten days apart. However, there may be some circumstances in which observations must occur closer together. An observation should last a minimum of 45 minutes and typically a maximum of two hours. The clinical supervisor will conduct pre-observation and post-observation conferences with you to review your lesson plans and results respectively. Pre-observation conferences may take place in person, via email, or by telephone. Post-observation conferences must take place in person or on the telephone, preferably the same day that the observation takes place but no more than 48 hours after the observation.
During longer placements, the observation schedule will be balanced accordingly. In the case of split placements, such as for special education or early childhood education, your clinical supervisor and host teacher will complete the first three observations and midterm as part of the first placement and the last three observations and final during the second placement. The third and sixth observations take place in conjunction with the midterm and final evaluations, respectively. Both your clinical supervisor and your host teacher provide you with a midterm and a final evaluation, whereas only your clinical supervisor completes observations. In addition, where authorized by school administrators and/or district officials, principals (or other supervisors) may provide one or more independent observations.
While you must ultimately meet all objectives, we anticipate that you might be unable to do so in the early observations. That is simply part of the learning process. If you receive any ratings of 0, 1, or 2 on your observation form, your clinical supervisor will describe the observed performance and suggest specific steps for improvement (both learning and practice elements) in the comment boxes on the form so that you can use that feedback to prepare for the next observation session. It is your responsibility to change your practice to improve in every area of concern. If you do not address concerns and improve upon them in future observations, your clinical supervisor, host teacher, and the Teacher Success team may implement an Intervention Plan and/or extend your placement to allow additional time for you to demonstrate competence. If you fail more than two observations or your midterm or final, you risk failing the entire DT assignment.
WGU believes it is important for you to spend time in multiple classroom settings during DT so you can experience the unique and varied environments teachers construct to support the array of diverse learning and social needs found within schools. You are required to schedule these supplemental classroom observations, as your HT directs, with other teachers across grade/subject levels during the last two weeks of the assignment (or final week for split placements) in various classrooms with diverse learners you may not have experienced in your assigned classroom such as, special education, gifted and talented, ELL, resource and/or alternative school settings. Your HT and CS will not formally document these additional classroom observations. The intent is not to use the entire final two weeks (or last week in split placements) observing other classrooms but to work in opportunities for you to experience other classrooms and teaching methods to provide for you a well-rounded experience. These additional experiences may serve as important artifacts for your professional portfolio or topics for a future job .
Note: Department of Defense (DOD) candidates have a somewhat different schedule for observations. The clinical supervisor is aware of this schedule and will get in contact with you to schedule your observations. Please contact the Teacher Success team at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
To learn more about the competencies your clinical supervisor and host teacher will evaluate you on, please click on the links below to access the observation and evaluation forms:
NOTE: Links to the rubrics for the forms are found within the forms themselves below the title of each sub-section.
The observation form prompts are meant to be observed in a “moment of time” observable performance, based on a teacher candidate's specific lesson.
Midterm & Final Evaluation Forms
The evaluation form prompts include content and pedagogy questions, as well as teaching dispositions and professional behaviors, that are observed over a designated period of time.