Classroom Mosaic

An electronic observation tool used in D5

Classroom observations at DFES are intended to be a treasure hunt...not a witch hunt. Classroom Mosaic makes finding treasures in each classroom easier.

Observers

DFES certified staff members will be observed by our school's administrative team as well as content coordinators from the district office.


12 Sections of Classroom Mosaic

Section 1- At a First Glance

The administrator can select the following:


  • Entry time
  • Subject
  • Standard/Essential Question




Section 2-ELA/Reading

Options for administrators to select if evident include:


  • focus of instruction/mini lesson
  • read aloud/think aloud
  • shared reading
  • small group/guided reading
  • independent reading


  • administrator can include notes or feedback in this section



Section 3-ELA/Writing

Options for administrators to select if evident include:



  • Focus on writing/mini lesson
  • interactive writing
  • shared writing
  • guided writing
  • independent writing
  • cross curricular integration


  • administrator can include notes or feedback in this section


Section 4-Mathematics

Options for administrators to select if evident include:



  • Multiple methods of skills practice
  • use of manipulatives/tools
  • instructional games:
  • small group collaboration
  • purposeful use of vocabulary
  • math talk/questioning
  • problem solving/application


  • administrator can include notes or feedback in this section

Section 5-Science

Options for administrators to select if evident include:



  • Integrated:
  • Separate time:
  • Incorporates science process skills.
  • read aloud uses


  • administrator can include notes or feedback in this section


Section 6-Social Studies

Options for administrators to select if evident include:



  • integrated
  • separate time
  • addresses "enduring understanding"
  • incorporates social studies literacy skills
  • read aloud used


  • administrator can include notes or feedback in this section


Section 7-Classroom Interaction/Instruction

Options for administrators to select if evident include:



  • Teacher is differentiating
  • Teacher is working with group or individual
  • Teacher is morning/facilitating
  • students are:
  • Specific Instructional Strategy used
  • other support in the room


  • administrator can include notes or feedback in this section


Section 8-Evidence of Student Engagement

Options for administrators to select if evident include:



  • Hands on activities
  • Use of technology
  • discussion
  • presentations
  • questions and answers with teacher or peers
  • note taking
  • interactive learning (singing, readers theatre, etc...)
  • guided practice
  • problem solving
  • learning games
  • working independently


  • administrator can include notes or feedback in this section


Section 9-Rigor

Options for administrators to select if evident include



  • Depth of Knowledge Level 1: Recall & Reproduce (remembering)
  • Depth of Knowledge Level 2: Skills & Concepts (understanding/applying)
  • Depth of Knowledge Level 3: Strategic Thinking (analyzing)
  • Depth of Knowledge Level 3: Extended Thinking (evaluating/creating)


  • administrator can include notes or feedback in this section


Section 10-Instructional Feedback

Options for administrators to select if evident



  • Feedback given yes or no
  • Corrective-provided explanation of what student is doing that is accurate or inaccurate
  • Timely-feedback was immediate
  • Specific to criterion-tells student where they stand relative to a specific target of knowledge or skill
  • Self evaluation-student monitors their own progress
  • Positive-words and tone are positive
  • Individual-feedback is directed at a specific student
  • Group-feedback is directed at a small group or whole class


  • administrator can include notes or feedback in this section


Section 11- Assessments

Options for administrators to select if evident include:



  • Quiz/test
  • Student activity
  • Questioning/discussion
  • Written response
  • Checklist/rubric/exemplar(s)
  • Anecdotal/conference notes
  • Teacher observations
  • Connections to data teams


  • administrator can include notes or feedback in this section


Section 12- Conclusion of the lesson

Options for administrators to select if evident include:



  • Students on task
  • Review
  • Exit slip
  • Teacher Summary/Review


  • administrator can include notes or feedback in this section


Finally

  • The school admin team will only focus on a few sections CM during each observation NOT all 12 sections.
  • Unlike paper observation sheets CM allows us to email results instantaneously. You will receive an email before the observer leaves your classroom.
  • A minimum of 2 reflection questions will be posed by the school admin team for each observation. Teachers are expected to respond to those question via email within a 24 hour period.
  • Observations will begin following the Labor Day weekend.