Review of Formal Observation Requirements and Timeframe

Topic: Assessing and Adjusting

Overestimating student preparation (in some area)
Underestimating student preparation
Underestimating difficult of an assignment (reading or writing)
Underestimating time required for an activity, assignment, or sequence
Students demonstrate divergent levels of preparation or ability


Sometimes the need to make an adjustment in your class plan or course design will be self-evident. In other cases, you may have the sense that something is not going quite as you would like it but be uncertain about the problem.

Means of assessing student comprehension, preparation ... etc.
  • diagnostic assessment
  • survey
  • reflective conversation


  • whole class
  • individual
  • other