First Day of School Observation Updated on: January 2, 2018 Before graduation from the Austin Teacher Program, students are required by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to observe the beginning of the school year (must be completed within the first 15 days of a school year) at a school of their choice. Students will need to contact the principal to secure permission to be in the building, perhaps request a particular teacher, and receive permission to be in the classroom within the first 15 days of school. This permission should be secured during the spring semester before they want to observe in the fall. ATP students should be in the host teacher’s classroom early and will need to observe for a minimum of one (1) hour. Name First Last Email School DistrictName of SchoolTeacherDate of Observation Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY Time of ObservationGrade LevelContent Area (for secondary schools)What was the progression of events during your observation?What instructional strategies were used?What procedures were put in place? Whose input was solicited?How were school wide procedures handled, i.e., bathroom breaks, hall passes, lunch time?What attempts were made to make students feel comfortable and invited to learn?How does observing the first days of school help you in your teacher preparation?What can you take away from this experience to apply to your first days as a teacher in your own classroom?What challenges do you anticipate when beginning the school year? How can you address them?What do you still feel you need to know/learn?Completion of this requirement is REQUIRED to complete the ATP program. ATP students should be prepared to discuss their observations during their coursework with ATP faculty. ATP students should also use this observation as an opportunity to begin reflecting and planning how they will establish procedures and routines within their own classes.