Artifact 12 - Summarizing and Formal Observation (2012)

Name: Summarizing and Formal Observation


During the 2011-2012 school year the SFHS faculty has focused on summarizing as one teaching strategy we should be using. My Computer Maintenance and Elementary Networking class has been working on this skill starting with students sumarizing a short paragraph and working towards summarizing a larger portion of the textbook. Most of the instruction has been given verbally but the image included was a Moodle post letting the class know the day's activities. The image also includes some trivia and humor that I include on Moodle as an incentive for students.


Prior to class I prepared a Google Doc that included the paragraph headings. Each students then read an assigned paragraph, completed a summary in the appropriate location on the Google Doc, and presented their summary to the class as a whole. Typically the class would complete two cycles of this process during an hour before moving to another task.


During one session of this type of lesson, Mr. Eckelman observed the class as part of my formal observation cycle. As we discussed the observation we noted strengths and weaknesses of my implementation of the strategy. Strengths included student engagement and the use of technology. The primary weakness was trying to stretch the class to three cycles which severely taxed their attention level.


Standards addressed: 1b, 1d, 1e, 2b, 2d, 3c, 3d, 3e, 6a, 6b, 6c, 6d, 6e