LA 3.2 Designing for Understanding in Action

Learning from Observing Other Teachers


Learning Outcome Pedagogical Intent Student Position

Understand issues of assessment and accommodation and will use a variety of measurement tools to evaluate English language learners for placement, proficiency and instruction.

Assessment: 25 pts.

TA: 30 Minutes

Teachers can apply the Classroom Observation Tool to their own teaching.

Students have learned about understanding by design, WIDA assessment and CAN DO descriptors, and Standards for Effective Pedagogy linked to WIDA and can use these concepts to evaluate classroom teaching videos.


1. The facilitator will share the “Class Sample Observation Tool Overview”video.

2. As you watch take notes of ideas and practices you can use in your teaching.

3. Using the Sample Classroom Observation tools provided, observe educators (both elementary and secondary) as they engage in and explain their use of equitable practices.These videos are found at these links). Click and download the link above to record your observations.

4. As you watch the video and observe the students and the teacher, use the classroom observation tool to guide your viewing of the lesson and take notes on things you notice about the teaching.

5. Using your notes and what you have learned so far consider these questions with your colleagues.