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Department of Teacher Education & Learning Sciences

Elementary Education Program

Pre-Observation Form

Directions: This form is to be completed prior to every lesson that will be observed by the mentor
teacher or university supervisor. It is to be submitted no later than 3 business days prior to the actual
observation along with your lesson plans.

Name: Whitney Illing Date: November 3, 2017

1. What is the topic of your lesson?

The topic of my lesson is needs and wants.

2. Why are you teaching this lesson? What is your rationale for teaching it?
I am teaching this lesson for my students to be able to distinguish
between a need and a want.

3. What is your Teaching Behavior Focus? Why did you choose this?
My teaching behavior focus is to provide clear directions. I feel this is
something I need to continue to work on. For this lesson I want to
provide students with clear expectations of what they should be doing
on their independent activity.

4. Why did you design your instruction in this lesson the way that you did? Why did
you choose this way of teaching the lesson (e.g., Was the idea from a methods
course? From your mentor teacher? Another source?)
My mentor teacher gave the topic of needs and wants to me. I want to
start with an engaging introduction to what we will be learning about
that day. Then I want to have a whole class discussion/lecture to
ensure all students understand the concept. Lastly, I want students to
have an opportunity to use what they learned on an independent

5. As you are thinking through this lesson, what do you believe will be the most
challenging part of this lesson for you when you teach it? Why?
I believe the most challenging part of this lesson will be providing
directions to students that are detailed and clear. My goal is to only
explain the directions once to the class in hopes the students can do
the activity independently.

6. How will you know if your learning outcomes for the students are met
I will know the learning outcomes were met if the students are able to
identify a need and a want. The students will be able to describe the
difference between a need and a want. The students will be able to
define a need and a want.

7. How will your classroom management support the learning outcomes?

I will give the students clear expectations of what they need to do and
rules they need to follow. I will establish clear learning outcomes. This
will allow students to know what is expected of them. If I have a
student off task or distracting others, I will walk towards their desk in
hopes they will get back on task, if not I will quietly remind them to.
This will allow students to have a good working environment.

8. List 1-3 areas which you would like for your observer to pay particular attention.
Why do you want your observer to focus on these areas?
a. I would like my observer to focus on my classroom management.
I think establishing a positive classroom climate allows for a
lesson to be productive.
b. I would like my observer to focus on wait time. I have a tendency
to call on someone or move on quickly after someone has
responded. Wait time is important to allow all children to form an

9. Is there anything else you would like your observer to know before the