Our library of lesson observation templates – dimensions of good teaching according to research
Templates from schools, municipalities and organisations in different countries
These are normally influenced by research, more built on best practice and not as extensive as the templates from official organisations.
Templates from official organisations in different countries
It is interesting to compare templates from different countries to see differences in focus between different education cultures.
Use this to get inspired when creating your own template or choose template/templates to use in BRAVOLesson.
Share! In our library schools, municipalities and organizations share their experiences of good teaching. They share their templates for lesson observations with others in return to gain more insights from others who share. Welcome to our sharing community. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
School Templates from different countries
This is an observation record from Southfield School in Kettering, England – a lesson learning review. The school is ranked as one of England’s five percent best schools. They work extremely consciously both on the breadth and in depth with feedback to teachers to develop the teaching and learning.
Micro visits for macro effect at Eklidens school in Nacka municipality. The observation template was used during the 2017/2018 academic year to make many short lesson observations and to systematically collect data without linking to person/teacher with a specific focus on the start of lessons and the end of lessons. Through the many visits and systematic approach statistics were obtained. It gave everyone in the school an overall picture to discuss together: “This is what our teaching looks like right now regarding the start and end of lessons.”
This is an observation template from Söråkers school in Timrå municipality. It follows the chronology of the lesson in a clear way and has the following areas: 1. Focus 2. Pupils in Learning 3. De-Focus 4. General approach (about a favorable climate for learning). The school also has each part 1-4 as seperate templates since they often only observe one area at the time.
This observation template has been developed based on the Ofsted criteria for effective teaching.
It provides ICT-relevant criteria for use in observing lessons in English primary schools. Developed by the Independent ICT Educator Ian Brewer.
This template has been developed by Andy Goodeve, the former head teacher at Goldsmith Primary School in Walsall.
This is an observation template from Cheltenham Girls’ High School in Australia. It is based on the NESA standards. NESA is the Australian national authority for standards in education.
This observation template from Vialundskolan in Kumla municipality/school district starts with planning and how to start a lesson. It continues all the way to the end of the lesson and covers many of the dimensions contained in the observation template from the Swedish school inspection authority without being as extensive.
One key to improving student outcome in Filipstad municipality/school district over the past years has been lesson observations, discussions and coaching together with the teachers. This template is a protocol for discussions and coaching.
This template is used in Kumla municipality/school district for observations with a special focus om how teachers handle the formative assessment for learning process.
This form for lesson observations template is developed by and used in Höörs municipality/school district.
A very concrete lesson observation template used together with every teacher four times a year.
This template for lesson observations is based on and inspired by the template from the Swedish school inspection authority.
1.2 Sweden. Observationsmall av förskolans kvalitet – avdelning eller enskild pedagog – Kumla kommun
One of several forms used in Kumla municipality/school district for lesson observations and quality assurance. This one is used for observations looking at the overall quaility in a playschool or an individual pedagog.
One of several forms used in Kumla municipality/school district for lesson observations and quality assurance. This one is used for the extracurricular activities at school.
Organisation Templates from different countries
This is a list of important dimensions about how the teacher handles questions to the students during a lesson. The list is created by Howard Pitler, Ed. D. Education, former teacher and principal, co-founder of Instructional Excellence Partners and expert on lesson observations from the USA.
NOTE. This list will shortly be converted into an observation base in Swedish.
BRAVOLesson initiates cooperation with Marcus Samuelsson, leg. teacher in craft and professor of education at the University Högskolan i Väst, Trollhättan Sweden. Marcus has researched the leadership of the classroom. Now we offer a package with his new evidence-based observation form in combination with three copies of his book Lärandets ordning och reda.
Price for the whole package 3,740 SEK per school, excluding VAT and shipping. The observation form can then be used in BRAVOLesson.
Click the button below for a sample of what it contains.
The basis of observation has the following elements: 1. Procedures, rules and procedures,
2. Relationships, 3. Teaching climate,
4. Expectations and motivation as well
5. Disciplinary interventions.
NOTA BENE! This only show parts of the first element.
This template is based on the original from Menntamálastofnun – the National Agency for Education i Iceland..
Published by Udir – The National Agency for Education in Norway. This is for observing how teachers apply structure and rules.
Published by Udir – The National Agency for Education in Norway. This is for teachers’ self assessmernt of their practice to create a learning environment.
This observation template is based on what Ofsted – The National School Inspection Autority in England – is using for lesson observations. Published by the National Center for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics.
This is from the Swedish School Inspection Authority’s template – only part 4: Follow-up, feedback and reflection on learning.
This is from the Swedish School Inspection Authority’s template – only part 3: Clarity in goals, content and structure.
This is from the Swedish School Inspection Authority’s template – only part 2: Individualization, variation and challenging the pupils/students.
This is from the Swedish School Inspection Authority’s template – only part 1: Safe, supportive and encouraging learning environment.
From the Swedish National Agency for Education. The same as 2.2 but this is only the shorter summary version. Nota bene! Does not apply to an individual pedagog.
From the Swedish National Agency for Education. This template can be used to describe, observe or analyse the overall quaility in a playschool or a play school department. Nota bene! Does not apply to an individual pedagog.
This is based on what good dimensions of teaching are according to research. It is used by the Swedish School Inspection Authority in their official inspections. It is free to be shared and used by others.
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