Teacher Mentoring – Evidence, Interpretation, or Bias
The teacher says, “It’s fun to find the patterns for factoring polynomials.”
Evidence. This is an evidence statement because it captures exactly what the teacher said in the classroom.
Observer wrote, This is not how I would teach research skills.
Bias. This is a biased statement because it is someone’s personal preference as to how reading skills should be taught.
Observer scripted, The teacher cares about her students.
Interpretation. This is an interpretative statement about what someone might have seen or heard in the classroom. It might appear as if the teacher cares about her students if she asks them about their weekend and/or voices concern over how late a student went to bed the night before school. However, this statement is not evidence because it does not describe what the teacher said or did.
Observer scripted, The teacher greets students by name as they enter the classroom.
Evidence. This is an evidence statement because it describes something specific that the teacher did and said in the classroom.
Observer noted, An entire class of boys makes managing student behavior a challenge.
Bias. This is a biased statement because it represents a value judgment based on students’ gender. his statement suggests that an entire class of boys would be more challenging to handle than a mixed gender class or an entire class of girls.