We used to be SO frustrated that Total Learning’s success was measured only by test scores. Then our evaluators found CLASS: the Classroom Assessment Scoring System. CLASS provides evidence-based characteristics of effective teacher-student interactions and classroom structures. These interactions and structures lead to excellent instruction, and, yes, student achievement.
Since our evaluators are using the CLASS observation, it seems only fair to share the components of this tool with you.
Attached are a few items to review, and then let’s discuss them. Schedule a videochat if you’d like!
- The butterfly image is an overview of the correlation.
- Below the butterfly is a link to an article: CLASS-Total Learning Narrative that describes the correlation between the two.
- Finally there are three charts, each with the descriptors for one CLASS domain. As you read through the INDICATORS, think, “What would someone see, hear and feel in my classroom?” As you read through the BEHAVIORAL MARKERS, find one or more that you’d like more information about.
Notice that these documents are confidential – just for us right now. If we like them, we’ll ask for permission to share them more widely.