Most people assume that the purpose of classroom observation is to make judgments and provide feedback to the teacher observed. With the STAR Protocol and STAR Process, nothing is further from the truth.
The STAR Protocol and Process simply uses classroom observation as an opportunity for us to reflect on our own instruction. Classroom observations should be opportunities to enter learning labs. We are NOT trying to critique the teacher observed. Rather, we are trying to determine if WE see the various elements of Powerful Teaching and Learning. Commenting on another teacher's classroom practice is much more about our own understanding of Teaching and Learning than it is about the quality of the lesson itself.
As we observe lessons, we will use the STAR Protocol to determine whether we see elements of Powerful Teaching and Learning. We refer to Strategies under each Indicator to determine what we saw. As we discuss the lesson, we will maintain an internal dialogue about how we can apply what we are learning to our own classrooms.
Reflection on our own practices rather than judging someone else can be a new experience. If we are going to learn to change our practice, we need to follow a few simple, yet somewhat counter-intuitive, steps.