These tools are designed for specialists and coaches to capture the presence of key teaching behaviors through classroom observation and use the data to set professional development goals with their teaching staff. CLI now provides two versions of the Classroom Observation Tool: Infant & Toddler and Prekindergarten!
This version includes high quality caregiving and instructional behaviors that support language and communication, early literacy, cognitive skills, social and emotional development, and physical development for infants and toddlers. Teachers can work toward implementation of these behaviors with support of the CIRCLE Infant and Toddler Teacher Training: Play with Me series (free for all teachers). A paper-pencil version of the COT is accessible below, and the online version is available for organizations that meet TSR Online eligibility requirements, or who purchase access through the CLI Solutions Group.
The prekindergarten tool is a key component of the research proven Texas School Ready project, a comprehensive professional development program for preschool teachers. The online system includes a built-in goal-setting system allows teachers to work toward specific short-term goals and track their progress. The system is well aligned with the Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines and can be used by teachers, school leaders, and intervention specialists to promote effective teaching.
Click below to access the COT overview public course. The course can be viewed online through the CLI Engage website (no login required!)
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Uses intentional and efficient methods for transitioning from one activity to the next (e.g., song to clean up, phonological awareness game to transition to centers, etc.).
Uses specific praise, encouragement, or positive feedback that provides children explicit information regarding what they are doing well (e.g., “You did a great job writing your name.”...).*
Talks about or encourages children to use theme-related materials in centers (e.g., activities based on
curriculum/theme). This can be done before going to centers and/or during center time.
Explains function/cause and effect (e.g., “A blender cuts things up very, very tiny.” or “When you turn on a blender, the blades chop things up very finely.”)...
Provides a child-friendly definition that explains the meaning of vocabulary words (e.g., "Tangled means it is all knotted and twisted up.").
Asks higher level, open-ended, thinking questions (analysis or thinking required, “why,” “how,” compare, link, explain, etc.).
BEFORE READING: Gives a purpose for listening to the story (“As I read, I want you to think about/listen for…”).
DURING READING: Gives child-friendly explanation of vocabulary words in text (e.g., “Dangerous means not safe.”).
AFTER READING: Asks higher level, thinking questions (analysis or thinking required, “why,” “how,” compare, link, explain, etc.).
Onset and Rime – Blends/segments/manipulates words between the consonant(s) and the rest of the word, with or without picture support...
Talks about and/or engages children in using manipulatives (e.g., rhyming basket, etc...) when engaged in phonological awareness activities.
Talks about punctuation (period, question mark, exclamation mark, quotation marks, comma) during writing activities.
Takes dictation (e.g., negotiating a message or writing exactly what was said) from a single child about their individual drawing/writing/ideas.
CORE CONCEPTS - "The What": Counting Skills - Talks about, encourages, or models counting in sequence (e.g., rote counting).
CORE CONCEPTS - "The What": Involves children in math transition activities (e.g., "If you have 3 buttons on your clothes, go line up.").
CONTEXTS - "The When/Where": Geometry and Spatial Sense Skills - Talks about, encourages, or models naming, creating, or manipulating common shapes (e.g., square, round, sides, angles, etc.).
Talks about letter features (e.g., stick letters/round letters; upper- and lower-case, sky-writing ‘T’, write a letter in isolation).
Uses the letter wall as an interactive teaching tool to emphasize features of print (e.g., play letter wall games, letter wall transitions, during journal writing).