I recently blogged about why recertification is important (bottom line: it’s your yearly chance to test yourself against master-coded videos). But what about between recertifications? How do you ensure that you stay reliable throughout the year?
There isn’t much very research on this topic. Research groups, though, do a lot to maintain reliability. Here are some ideas from the research world and thoughts on how you can adapt these ideas for practice:
Calibration, like recertification, gives you a chance to check in with master-coded videos periodically to prevent drift.
Double-coding is when two certified observers code side by side and check their codes at the end of the day.
Debriefing is part of double-coding, but it gets its own bullet point because, done right, it can be a powerful tool for maintaining reliability. (Thank you, Amanda Williford, for a recent reminder of how to do this right!)
The best way to stay reliable is to code a lot and get a lot of input on your coding—either through feedback on master-coded videos, or feedback from your colleagues. Do you have other methods you use? Let me know in the comments.
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Practice and feedback is the key to CLASS® success. Even the most experienced certified CLASS Observers need practice and feedback to make sure their classroom observations remain fair and accurate. The best way to provide this is to use our Calibration product. Calibration protects your investment in reliable data collection.
Online Calibrations are available for Certified CLASS observers at all 6 CLASS levels. When you purchase an individual calibration, you’ll receive a video to watch and code on your myTeachstone dashboard. After submitting your codes, you’ll get an automated score report and a prerecorded webinar discussing the master codes.
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.
As the Community Manager with Teachstone, I have been able to talk to many observers, trainers, coaches, and general CLASS lovers. I have found a common thread among these groups: a desire to connect with other CLASS users and put their CLASS knowledge to use.
We often hear from CLASS Observers that are interested in observing more classrooms. Meanwhile, many organizations—particularly smaller organizations or those doing research studies—don’t have Certified CLASS Observers and are in search of observers in their area.