Instructional Practice GuideObserve high-quality, standards-aligned instruction in action. The Instructional Practice Guide (IPG) describes the teacher and student behaviors that exemplify instruction aligned to college- and career-ready standards, including the Common Core.

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Indicators for Core Action 1 should be observable in any lesson. You have not yet selected a rating for one or more indicators in Core Action 1.
If no selection is made, “no” will appear as the default rating.X

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Assign Indicators

Select the indicators that most closely align to the evidence you observed. First, choose the evidence from your notes that you would like to associate with a particular indicator. When you highlight a word, phrase, or section of your notes, the letters for the indicators for that action will appear. Select the relevant indicator. Repeat this for all of the evidence you have collected. You will be able to return to and edit the information in this section at any time.

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Fill in the information below about this observation. You can return to and edit the information in this section at any time.

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Please take a moment to review your observations and feedback on this page. You may return to edit any content, if necessary, by accessing the Core Actions on the left.

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Add the necessary information about the observation you are conducting. You can always edit these at a later time.

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The purpose of the Instructional Practice Guide (IPG) is to help teachers and those who support teachers to make the Shifts in instructional practice required by the Common Core and other college- and career-ready standards. It names the specific actions (“Core Actions”) and behavioral indicators (“Indicators”) to look for to determine whether students are getting to the intent of the standards through the content of the lesson. This set of observable actions are designed to help teachers and coaches identify evidence of where and when instruction aligned to college- and career-ready standards is taking place. Additionally, a rating system aids in monitoring areas of strength and identifying opportunities for improvement. Finally, this digital coaching tool makes the sharing of feedback quicker, easier and more efficient.

Getting Started

Select the appropriate subject and grade band to launch the tools, and then follow the steps below. You can skip or return to each step at any point, and your work will save automatically as you go.

  • Step 1: Take notes in the open text boxes provided. You can do this while observing or use this space when transferring your notes from paper.
  • Step 2: Assign indicators to the evidence you gathered.
  • Step 3: Apply a rating to each of the indicators based on the evidence.
  • Step 4: Review, edit, save, and share the observation.

About this Tool’s digital tools and resources for teachers have been made possible by contributions from teachers across the country as well as through generous support from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the GE Foundation.

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Here's a quick functionality guide.
Click here to type or paste observations
Paste, write or edit notes in here
Add a rating by clicking 1-4 or NA
Quickly navigate between Core Actions & Review