The UTeach Observation Protocol (UTOP) was designed to inform STEM teacher education. The instrument has been used in prior studies examining inter-rater reliability and relationships to teacher value-added scores. However, prior work has not shown examples of how rating with the UTOP works in practice nor has it discussed the instrument’s strengths and limitations. We describe how the UTOP draws upon theories and practices heavily emphasized in teacher preparation—including deep student engagement, classroom management, STEM content fluency, lesson structuring, and innovative instructional models. We then present the ratings of three sample elementary mathematics lessons on the UTOP. We show how the UTOP reveals important aspects of teachers’ instruction, and discuss key strengths and weaknesses of the instrument.
Southern Methodist University, University of Texas Austin
Noyce Award Number0630376
Walkington, C. & Marder, M. (2018). Using the UTeach Observation Protocol (UTOP) to Understand the Quality of Mathematics Instruction. ZDM Mathematics Education 50, 507-519. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11858-018-0923-7.