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TNTP Re-imagine Teaching

Core Observation Guide

The Core Observation Guide is a collection of resources to help you use the TNTP Core Rubric effectively and consistently.

About this Guide

The TNTP Core Rubric is a simplified evaluation tool for delivering clearer, more useful feedback to teachers. By shifting emphasis from teacher practice to student outcomes, it brings the same clarity and focus to classroom observations that the Common Core does to academic standards. However, this new approach only works when the people assessing teacher performance—observers, coaches, and other instructional staff—are prepared to use the rubric consistently. The Core Observation Guide is a collection of resources to help observers to do just that.

Use this guide to focus on particular performance areas or observation skills, or progress through the guide chronologically and review a selection of the videos in the video library to get a full understanding of the rubric and how to use it in classroom observations.

Understanding the Rubric

The first step to effectively using the Core Rubric is understanding what to look for. Explore below to learn how to distinguish between performance levels, to understand the four performance areas—Culture of Learning, Essential Content, Academic Ownership, and Demonstration of Learning—and to watch real classroom videos that show what proficient teaching in each performance area looks like in practice.

Download the Rubric