Observations are the heart of a coach's role. It is where the rubber meets the road when it comes to improving student achievement. In order to have a successful observation you must have a plan. The plan that I will present to you consists of four parts. This plan is not rocket science, but if you have a plan before you go into the classroom for observations, it will work out so much better for both you and the coachee.
This four-part plan consists of what you do to prepare for an observation. Before the observation, or part one, is all about preplanning. Part two is what you do during the observation. Part 3 is what you do after the observation and part four is about having the post-conference conversation.
Here are three coaching tools you can use to plan your observations. Use the Standard Pre-Observation Planner to help you plan for part 1, the pre-observation meeting. Use the Standard Observation Notes tool to help you capture notes during part 2 of the observation. The Easy Feedback Form is for you to use during part four of the coaching plan, the post-conference meeting with the coachee. Download all three forms here!
All of these tools are from The FORMula: 101 Must-Have Forms for Instructional Coaches. You can grab you copy of The FORMula by clicking this link.