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Thursday, August 5 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Breakout Option B: OPTIC: Observation Protocol for Teaching in Interactive Classrooms

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The Observation Protocol for Teaching in Interactive Classrooms (OPTIC) is an observation tool developed by The POGIL Project. It’s main uses are for: 1) the coaching and mentoring of learner-centered practitioners who use collaborative small groups, 2) experienced practitioners to obtain feedback on their facilitating, 3) administrators to aid in the evaluation of teachers who participate in learner-centered collaborative teaching styles, and 4) the documentation of collaborative small-group learning in a learner-centered classroom.

This workshop will introduce participants to the OPTIC tool. By the end of this event, participants will be able to distinguish between different OPTIC codes including examining and interpreting the meanings of the OPTIC Facilitator Action codes and the Interaction codes. Participants will also consider how to use the tool to support teachers and their professional learning in a variety of settings.

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Jamie Schneider

Chemistry Educator Professor, University of Wisconsin River Falls
Jamie Schneider holds a Ph.D. in chemistry and has served as a faculty member for 20+ years. She is a discipline-based education researcher with projects focused on testing feedback and on curricular design for improving student thinking related to particulate nature of matter. She... Read More →
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Shannon Wachowski

Science Consultant, Wyoming Department of Education
Shannon Wachowski is currently the Science Consultant for the Wyoming Department of Education. Originally a chemical engineer, Shannon left industry to pursue a career of lifelong learning and helping others learn. In her 14-year career as an educator, Shannon has taught a variety... Read More →

Thursday August 5, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT