Observing and Evaluating Teaching Practices

    Assignment 2: Observing and Evaluating Teaching Practices

    Due Week 6 and worth 210 points

    In this assignment you will observe, document, and evaluate two (2) instructional sessions associated with adult learners. Using the Teaching Observation Form, located here, you will rate each instructors performance from one (1) to five (5) on each of the evaluative criterion on the form, with one (1) being the lowest and five (5) being the highest. You will also include a rationale or comment for each rating. Note: If you do not observe an evaluative criterion, do not rate the criterion and mark an N/A in the rationale / comment block.

    Select one (1) recorded instructional session from List A and one (1) session from List B to observe and evaluate:

    List A Videos are as follows

    Scaffolding as a Teaching Strategy (6 min. 31 s), located at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Se6a9Q_37t4
    Sample Demonstration Lesson – Part 1 (10 min), located at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7ecMHI3Iuk
    Teaching Demo 1: How to Find Peer Reviewed Research (5 min 51 s), located https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gdz6gTIp7bE
    List B Videos are as follows

    Safety Demonstrations (3 min 42 s), located at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFywADBuCVE
    Teaching with style, Mechanical Energy Conservation (3 min 35 s), located at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhIOylZMg6Q
    Whole Brain Teaching: The Basics (7 min 37 s), located at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBeWEgvGm2Y
    Write a five to seven (5-7) page paper in which you address the following items for each observation separately.

    Provide the title of each instructional session, and summarize the content of each of the instructional sessions.
    Critique the overall effectiveness of each instructional session. Use your observation and evaluation notes from the Teaching Observation Form to provide a rationale for your critique.
    Assess the instructional strengths of each session. Provide a rationale for your assessment using examples from your observation.
    Assess the areas for improvement of each session. Provide a rationale for your assessment using examples from your observation.
    Compare and contrast the strengths and areas for improvement for the two (2) sessions observed.
    Based on your current or preferred career, specify two (2) concepts you can apply from this assignment.
    Assess your lessons learned from using the Teaching Observation Form. Suggest at least one (1) improvement in the form.
    Include the completed Teaching Observation Forms as an Appendix to your paper.
    Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

    Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references (if applicable) must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
    Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the students name, the professors name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page (if applicable) are not included in the required assignment page length.
    The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

    Analyze selected theories and practices of teaching adult learners.
    Write clearly and concisely about adult education, training, and lifelong learning using proper writing mechanics.
    Use technology and information resources to research issues in adult education, training, and lifelong learning.

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