When an administrator observes a teacher, the administrator should have a good idea what is to occur in the classroom or activity area. The administrator will then document what occurs. That is the administrator's major focus.
Of course, the administrator may look for numerous details (ISBE, 2003 & Lewis, 2003). The ability for a teacher to clarify directions, provide meaningful dialogue, adhere to school rules, and handle unusual circumstances are only some of the details that can be noted. These details will be helpful during the post observation process, which will be explained in detail later in this tutorial.
What is extremely important is that the evaluation process is a tool to help teachers grow. Placed within such a growth orientated and fair framework (Peterson, n.d.), the experience becomes non-threatening and beneficial for all parties, especially students.