As a Teachstone trainer, I spend most weeks preparing early childhood educators to conduct CLASS observations or to train others to conduct CLASS observations. During our two- or three-day trainings, we cover a lot of material. I have to prepare my trainees to deeply know and understand the CLASS Manual, feel comfortable taking detailed notes while keeping an eye on what is happening in very complex classrooms, and of course, to take the dreaded reliability test.
No matter how hard I try, there’s a great deal of focus on the test. And I can’t blame anyone for this. Jobs depend on it, we all want to pass, and a test is a test is a test. But once you pass the test and are ready to begin your live observations, questions often arise that you may not have thought of before. Here are a few insider tips to get you ready and roaring to go on your first live CLASS observation:
I hope these tips are helpful and that you’ll share any you might have below. Happy coding!
Across the country and around the globe, schools/programs will soon reopen after extended closures due to COVID-19. Those that have remained open are instituting new health and safety practices.. Localities will determine whether to provide in-person, online, or hybrid teaching. Regardless of the model that schools/programs adopt, classrooms will look different now and for the foreseeable future.