Level III Reflective Conversation

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Capturing Your Teacher Candidate’s Teaching: Preparing for the Reflective Conference and Final Evaluation

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Overall Evaluation Structure:

The evaluation structure of the Level III Field Experience has two components:

  1. A reflective conference between the UNI teacher candidate and the cooperating teacher based on a video recording of the UNI teacher candidate.
  2. A final electronic evaluation form to be completed by the cooperating teacher at the conclusion of the experience.

The rubric and descriptors of performance expectation are the same for the both the reflective conversation and the final evaluation.


Video Performance Assessment: Reflective Conversation

The video performance assessment tool is designed to engage you and your UNI teacher candidate in a reflective conversation about his/her demonstration of and understanding of teaching and student learning in an authentic, experiential way. Using your UNI teacher candidate’s video-recording as the basis for the reflective conversation, you and the UNI teacher candidate will have the opportunity to assess his/her current abilities, knowledge and skills as a beginning teacher on his/her way to becoming a highly effective educator.


What Do I Need to Do?                                                                                                                                                                               

  1. Assist your UNI teacher candidate in video recording his/her classroom teaching
    1. Record him/her teaching  (i.e. whole group instruction, partner work, centers, class discussion, etc.)
    2. Record a complete segment of his/her instruction
    3. Video should be continuous and unedited, with no interruption in the events
    4. Video should include interaction between UNI teacher candidate and his/her students and his/her responses to students or student responses to each other
    5. Both UNI teacher candidate and his/her students should be visible and clearly heard
  2. Engage in a reflective conference about UNI teacher candidate’s video with your UNI teacher candidate (schedule as closely to video-recording as possible)
    1. Prepare for your conference by reviewing the INTASC standards and performance descriptors your UNI teacher candidate is striving towards on the rubrics
    2. Review the reflective conversation questions for each dimensions of teaching to help you frame your thoughts for the conference
    3. Goals of Reflective Conference:
      1. Reflect on your UNI teacher candidate’s skills in planning, instruction and assessment
      2. Assess your UNI teacher candidate’s ability to establish rapport with students
      3. Analyze the current state of your UNI teacher candidate’s dispositions and attitudes that will lead him/her to being an effective educator
      4. Determine areas of professional strength and growth for your UNI teacher candidate
  3. Complete the reflective conversation form online with your UNI teacher candidate. He/she will submit a commentary in the corresponding sections on the form as evidence of he/she planned, implemented, and reflected upon his/her instruction


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Reflection Criteria

  • Using your UNI teacher candidate’s video, you and your UNI teacher candidate will have the opportunity to discuss and reflect on five dimensions of his/her teaching: planning, instruction, assessment, analysis of teaching, and content knowledge/academic language.
  • The corresponding rubrics and reflective conversation questions are in place to help you analyze his/her teaching and help him/her improve his/her practice.
  • The qualifiers on the rubrics are defined as follows:
    • Not Demonstrated=No evidence that the descriptor has been met.
    • Developing=Candidate shows development or a partial application of the descriptor.
    • Demonstrated=Candidate clearly demonstrates all aspects of the descriptor.
    • Not Applicable=Descriptor does not pertain.

For camcorder recommended and minimum requirements, click here.