The Trust-Based Observation Form

Observation Form

Craig Randall, founder of Trust-Based Observations,  spent years developing the Trust-Based Observation form and wants to share it with you. The form provides a foundation of what I believe to be the most important elements of teaching and learning success. The form is manageable, limiting itself to only 10 areas to look for “evidence of.”

These categories include:

  • Learning Targets
  • Teacher-Student Relationship
  • Classroom and Behavior Management
  • Cooperative Learning
  • Working Memory
  • Questioning-Higher Order Thinking Skills
  • Formative Assessment
  • Feedback
  • Differentiation
  • Risk-Taking-Innovative Practice

Many of the form’s “evidence of” categories also include data collection tables, the specificity of which eases the process of collecting evidence for observers.

The form’s questions drive the reflective follow-up conversations with teachers. These questions are designed to encourage teachers to be reflective and critical thinkers of their teaching and learning practice. By design they encourage innovation and the use of comparative data to measure student and class growth. The questions create teacher researchers. These questions are also designed to help observers to become better listeners. The Trust Based Observation form as part of the whole observation and reflective conversation process was created to build improved trust relationships between school leaders and faculty.

One of the best things about the form, unlike any other evaluation or observation tool, is that it also functions as a teacher growth resource tool. The form provides weblinks for each of the “evidence of” categories. These links lead observers and teachers to a page which includes recommended books as well as access to weblinks of specific pedagogical strategies. Armed with these links the form now doubles as a place where teachers can read about and learn how to implement new strategies, all right at their fingertips.

See a sample of the Trust-Based Observation form below. To receive a free download of the form, click on the “observation form” button at the bottom of the page. Thanks for including your name, school, location, phone and email address, then hit submit.


LEARNING TARGET (Toolbox Possibilities: Rubrics, Exemplars, Written in St. Developmental Lang):

Areas of Observation: “X” if observed
“I statement,” using active verb, specific to skill, knowledge or understanding and written in developmentally appropriate student language
Unpacked at beginning of class
Constantly displayed during class
Use of rubrics/exemplars connected to LT
Use of performance of understanding
Formatively assessed during class
Reviewed at end of class

TEACHER/STUDENT RAPPORT and RELATIONSHIP (Toolbox Possibilities: 1-on-1, empathy, tone, humor, respect, T sharing of themselves, T sharing mistakes, empathy, knowledge of ind st, body language): relentlessness, accountability, high expectations working room,):

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