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Curriculum and Instruction

"What to Look For" Observation Guides - Updated August 2017

ESE, in partnership with educators in the field, has developed a suite of straightforward observation guides to provide insight into what should be happening in particular content-area classrooms.

These "What to Look For" guides describe what observers should expect to see in a classroom at a particular grade level in a specific subject area. This includes the knowledge and skills students should be learning and using (as reflected in state learning standards) on the front page and examples of student and teacher behaviors aligned to the Standards of Effective Practice used in the state evaluation framework on the back page.

The observation guides are particularly useful to observers who may not have the subject matter experience to know what to look for in classrooms outside of their personal background. The "What to Look For" guides are resources to help educators efficiently identify what teachers and students should be experiencing in specific subjects and grade levels.

  • When printing the guides, please be sure that Fit to Page or Scale to Fit is selected from the print options.

Elementary and Middle School
  English Language Arts (ELA) Mathematics Science
Kindergarten Download PDF Document Download PDF Document Download PDF Document
Grade 1 Download PDF Document Download PDF Document Download PDF Document
Grade 2 Download PDF Document Download PDF Document Download PDF Document
Grade 3 Download PDF Document Download PDF Document Download PDF Document
Grade 4 Download PDF Document Download PDF Document Download PDF Document
Grade 5 Download PDF Document Download PDF Document Download PDF Document
Grade 6 Download PDF Document Download PDF Document Download PDF Document
Grade 7 Download PDF Document Download PDF Document Download PDF Document
Grade 8 Download PDF Document Download PDF Document Download PDF Document

High School
English Language Arts (ELA) Mathematics Science
Grades 9-10 Download PDF Document Algebra 1 Download PDF Document Biology Download PDF Document
Grades 11-12 Download PDF Document Algebra 2 Download PDF Document Chemistry Download PDF Document
  Geometry Download PDF Document Earth Science Download PDF Document
    Physics Download PDF Document
    Technology and Engineering Download PDF Document

Your feedback regarding these guides is welcomed and appreciated. Please send your comments to instructionalsupport@doe.mass.edu.

Other Resources

As part of the Massachusetts Educator Effectiveness Guidebook for Inclusive Practice, ESE has developed two What to Look For Guidebook Tools; one for observation and one for observation feedback as supplements to identify, reinforce, and support observation of educator practice in inclusive classrooms.



Last Updated: August 24, 2017
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