T TESS Observation Success in the 21st-Century Classroom

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When teachers are trying to ace their T TESS observation in the classroom, they often face issues when it comes to student engagement. Luckily, there are easy ways for teachers to increase that engagement in order to get the most out of their T TESS observation.

Elements of the T TESS Observation Model

T-TESS seeks to capture all of the overall elements of teaching and education, in which a continuous feedback loop exists between teachers and their pupils and in turn, assesses teachers’ effectiveness. This necessitates constant attention to how students respond to their teacher’s instructional methods. For those reasons, each of the T TESS observation domains focuses on teachers and pupils rather than dividing them into separate elements as many other observation models do.

T-TESS is a method for developing good habits of continuous improvement. This truly happens since decisions on professional development and the utilization of evidence-based feedback towards teachers are always at the forefront of how the decision-making process is executed.

The Components of the T TESS Observation Model

There are three main components of the T TESS Observation model. They include:

  • Goal-setting and professional development plan
  • The evaluation cycle
  • Student growth measure

Goal-Setting and Professional Development Plan

Even before the first observation is conducted, teachers should already have a clear understanding of their goals on how to improve on specific elements. These are based on key priorities they identified on the student’s academic progress, teacher attitudes towards teaching, as well as classroom instructional practices. They then set out their professional development plan with specific objectives which are reviewed, revised, and set again every time they have an observation.

Evaluation Cycle

Based on the professional development plan teachers have established for themselves, T-TESS seeks to identify the most significant problems in their classroom performance so that they can be addressed through more effective planning and instructional strategies. The evaluation cycle is composed of four steps:

  • Actions are taken on problems identified during the first three observation cycles
  • Re-examination of the teacher’s professional development plan
  • Refinement of this plan to address previously identified areas of concern that were not addressed earlier due to insufficient evidence or lack of importance
  • Setting new goals and objectives for future T TESS observations.

Student Growth Measures

Measures of student growth are very important in order to evaluate how successful this improvement plan was. For T-TESS, three types of measures are most significant:

  • Quantifiable changes in achievement rates on district benchmark tests
  • Changes in specific subcategories on the state’s yearly progress report
  • Students’ self-assessment of their performance

Every time teachers receive a new set of observation results, they can compare them to the ones from previous years and across different grade levels. This makes the data collected more meaningful because it shows how much progress teachers have made in a specific category or subcategory based on students’ test scores and other evidence.

Individual Contributions to the T TESS Observation Model

The individual components of this observation model worked together to bring about a system that allows teachers and their principals to work hand-in-hand towards achieving a common goal – student achievement. It also empowers teachers by allowing them to make decisions on how they will improve themselves in their own professional development plan. The T TESS observation and evaluation cycle provides clear steps for what needs to be done, when it needs to be done and why it has to be done.

Student growth measures provide a key indicator of teacher success so that appropriate changes can be made if they have not been effective. The T-TESS allows teachers to form a collaborative relationship with their principals and together, they can determine student progress as well as the quality of instruction being carried out in the classroom. It is precisely this element that has contributed so much to the successful implementation of student growth models in many US states now.

Finding Help with Your T TESS Observation

If your school follows T-TESS for observations, you are in luck. The graphics below break down each standard of the model and how “A Passion for Progress: Being a Rockstar Teacher in a Stressed-Out World” will help you with those high ratings in the classroom.

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Your T TESS Observation and the 4 Keys

Rocking your T TESS observation in your classroom doesn’t have to be hard, it just needs to ebb and flow with the students and where they are (physically, mentally, and emotionally). Being flexible is the key to making all of this work. The key is engagement. There are four keys to student engagement that I discuss in my video training challenge that releases twice per year. It is called “Finding Your Student Engagement Formula” and it walks you through those four keys and how to implement them in the classroom.

If you are interested in registering (it’s totally free), visit the Finding Your Student Engagement Formula Challenge registration page and you will be notified the next time the series is available.