Walking into your first live CLASS observation can be scary. It’s different from coding in a training session or on your own during the reliability test.
But everyone starts somewhere. Even our most experienced observers were once novices. Thankfully, one of our awesome CLASS Specialists, Rebecca Danis, shared a few tips on what to do before and during your first observation. Keep this list handy before you walk into your first one.
Practice really does make perfect and the more you observe, the more comfortable you'll feel doing live observations on your own. If you have any questions about observing, send us an email!
Have you ever wished for a magical power that helped you take notes super effectively while conducting CLASS observations? The kind of magical power that would allow you to capture everything you see and hear without missing a beat? The kind of magical power that paints an exact picture of what happened in the classroom without actually being there? Yeah, me too!
Have you ever meditated? One of the most challenging aspects of this practice is clearing your mind from day-to-day thoughts that pop into your head. If you meditate, you know that trying to push those thoughts away doesn’t work—in order to free your mind you must first acknowledge those distracting thoughts before you can return to your “moment of zen.”