Learn how to start, complete, find, and edit observations in Grow.
Please note: This article applies to all observers.
Observations allow users to coach and evaluate one another using the forms/rubrics determined by your school or district leaders.
Start an Observation from the Start Menu
To begin an observation from the Start Menu, click on Start then Observe.
Use the search box to find the user you'd like to observe. Click on their name. Then, use the dropdown on the next pop-up to select the rubric or form you'd like to use for your observation.
Utilize the Running Record
The Running Record, pictured below, typically appears within the left column of rubrics/forms that are in draft mode. The Running Record allows you to take continuous, time-stamped notes during an observation by typing and clicking enter on your keyboard.
Running record notes are hidden from the observee by default. You can adjust visibility by clicking the eye symbol next to an individual note, or by clicking Make All Private or Make All Shared beneath the running record. Private notes are visible to you, as the observer, and to others with access to the observee. Observees/Teachers will only see shared notes.
Additionally, @ and # symbols can be used as organizational tools. You can use the @ symbols to track people in the room, and # symbols to track things such as school values.
Use your running record notes to complete the rest of your observation form.
Finalize an Observation
To finalize an observation, click Finalize in the lower right corner of the page. Then on the pop-up, select Finalize and Notify Teacher to send an email notification to the observee, or Finalize to complete without sending a notification.
Find Draft and Finalized Observations
To find observations, click the Start menu at the top and select Find Observations.
Use Filter table by text to filter by teacher, status, or form. Use the filters at the top of the page to filter by type (all observations, draft observations, completed observations), school, and date. Click on Resume Draft to continue a draft observation or Open Completed to view a finalized observation.
Edit Finalized Observations
Most forms will allow you to go back and edit the information even after it's been finalized. First, find the form you are looking for by going to Start > Find Observations. Once you've found the form, choose Open Completed to open it back up.
Go to your finalized form and click the Edit in the top right. This will return the form to draft mode. While in draft mode, the teacher will no longer be able to see any of the information on the form. Finalize the form again once you're finished making edits.
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