Video Observation and Analysis

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Observation:  Videotaped Classrooms

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  1. Select and observe one (1) video from the five choices below.
  2. Write your observation notes for the video on this form.
  3. Once the observation is completed, type the information you recorded into the form.



Follow the instructions below for analysis of the videotaped classroom observation.

 Video Choices

  1. North Carolina Rated License Assessment Project (NCRLAP). (2011, February 4). Language for learning: Infants and toddlers [Video file]. Retrieved from
  2. Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara (CAC). (2018). Head Start Teacher’s Training Video [Video file]. Retrieved from
  3. Pennington, J. (2014, January 28). Morning Circle at Preschool. [Video file]. Retrieved from
  4. Sandra Levine Productions. (2011, September 6). Part 2: High-quality kindergarten today. The classroom environment [Video file]. Retrieved from 2XhkdI
  5. Keirsey, B. (2012, Mar 6). Preschool Shark Math Lesson. [Video File].

  1. Work Life Glue. (2016, October 6.)  Day in the Life of an In-Home Child Care Provider [Video file]. Retrieved from


Program Type (“X” for all that apply):   __ center  __ school  __ family child care home

__public  __private  __non-profit  __faith-based  __corporate  __other: ___________________


Teaching Staff

Total Observed: _____ Teachers     _____ Assistant Teachers     ______ Other: ________________



Total Observed:  ____Infants   ____ Toddlers   ____ Preschoolers   ____Kindergartners   ____ Primary (1-3)




You are looking for signs of quality, applied theories, one or two specific approaches,

and developmentally appropriate practices.


Program’s Philosophy (Listen for descriptions of the listed items. Is there a specific theory-based philosophy, model, approach or curriculum?  What is their approach to family engagement?)

Mission and Vision (if applicable):


Educational Philosophy: (if applicable):


Curriculum Approach:


Family Engagement:




Do you see signs of the following in the videotape?


Daily Schedule Routine (e.g., free choice, morning meeting, transition to outdoors, … )


Materials being used:


Signs of Children’s Interest and Engagement in the activities:


Teacher-Child Interactions (including words spoken, gestures, actions, etc.):


Child-Child Interactions (including words spoken, gestures, actions, etc.):


Teacher-Family Interactions (e.g., communication during arrival and departure, encouraging family members to read or play with children, help with separations and transitions)




Other (add any relevant additional information that you gathered below) – not required.


Analysis #1


Complete all four questions.

For each question, provide a substantive response of at least 3 to 4 sentences.


Note:  Two student examples are provided of class observations and analysis for both live and videotaped classes.  They serve as guides to guide to support your critical analysis and help you identify your own responses. 


  1. Is the observed teacher(s) an “intentional teacher”? Explain


  1. What are two signs of developmentally appropriate practice (DAP)?


  1. Describe observed family engagement and/or family-teacher interactions. Do you find the practices effective for supporting families as their children’s first teachers?


If none are observed, write one way the teacher could support families to engage children in similar learning experiences in their homes.


  1. What is one characteristic of this teacher that you would try to emulate as a teacher?

Explain why.


and taste our undisputed quality.