My life was forever changed on May 20, 2015. That was the date of the last episode of The David Letterman Show. I was not just any David Letterman fan. I had been watching him since I was a little girl. He started out on game shows and even had a morning show on NBC when I was just a kid. I’m not exactly sure why I like him, aside from his sense of humor. Maybe it is because we both have a gap between our front teeth, or maybe because we share a love for meditation, or perhaps it’s because we both enjoy a good stogie once in a while. So in homage to David Letterman here are the Top Ten Teachstone Blogs that as a trainer, I find helpful to share with my participants.
3 Free Resources to Share with Someone New to CLASS - Good for people who are new to CLASS.
5 CLASS Reliability Test Hacks - This blog has 5 very helpful tips concerning scoring and note taking.
Confessions of a Perfectionist: Failing CLASS Reliability - This blog was written by a Teachstone staff member who shares what it’s like to not pass reliability the first time around.
The Truth about CLASS Reliability Pass Rates - This blog shares some true facts about reliability testing.
Busting 3 Common CLASS Coding Myths - This blog dispels some common myths relating to scoring.
Remaining Objective: Moving Beyond “I Felt Like...” - An explanation of how personal bias may intrude on our CLASS lens.
Get By with a Little Help from Your Trainer - Test-taking advice from a very experienced CLASS trainer.
CLASS Coding: Don't Play the Numbers Game! - Five reasons you should assign the full range of scores.
Is the CLASS Tool Subjective? - A handy blog to share with trainees to clarify how the CLASS tool is truly objective.
10 Things to Do Before (and During) Your Reliability Testing - 10 helpful tips on how your trainees can pass reliability testing.
Now, I think these are all great posts. Please take a few minutes to read them before you recommend them-- ou won’t be sorry! Be on the look out for my next Top 10 blog. It’s in the works now, folks!
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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.
When I first learned about CLASS Group Coaching—a training for early childhood professionals about building relationships with children—I was more than a little interested. This, I thought. This is what teaching is all about. It seems to be an obvious concept, but once we dig deeper, we are able to identify the whys and hows of our interactions. CLASS Group Coaching allows us to identify the benefits of our classroom relationships with our students and helps us be intentional in our daily practices. It allows us to utilize each moment we have with our students to deepen our understanding of their perspectives and genuinely connect with them as people. It helps us see the world from their view and guide their learning in a way that is relevant to them.
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.
If you're a CLASS observer, you've probably found yourself in a situation where you have to make inferences or rely on contextual evidence when assigning scores. However, it should always be your goal to minimize subjectivity and assumptions. You have to prevent your emotions, opinions, and ideas that are not a part of the CLASS tool from influencing scoring. Achieving an emotionless state of objectivity while observing can be incredibly challenging. It takes practice to recognize when objectivity is threatened and respond accordingly.