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Classroom Observation

Classroom observation is a term used to describe when an individual (school psychologist, principal, counselor, etc.) sits in a room of students and a teacher and examines the behaviors of students or a student. There are several common observation approaches that are used in classrooms.

Types of Observations and Recording Techniques

One of the most common ways to observe and record a behavior is to use a frequency count, which is when the observer counts the number of times the behavior occurs over a period of time. Counting the number of times a student speaks without raising his or her hand is an example of a frequency count. Duration recording, another type of observation technique, is when the observer determines the amount of time an event lasts. ...

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