I have my first observation/evaluation this coming Monday, and of course it's in my "toughest" class -- Senior English. I'm especially nervous because it's my "make or break" tenure decision year (second year in this district). This class is funny -- they are often noisy and boisterous, but also can have really brilliant insights in discussions and generally perform well in the group discussion (Harkness/inner-outer circle) format I use. But they can also be anxious and have an attitude when they feel overwhelmed. I have a lot of non-college-track or first-generation college-bound students in this class who get overwhelmed and anxious easily. I want to make sure I have a strong plan for this observation. I want my P to see the group discussion in action, but I also want to make sure there is a clear lesson structure. This is what I have so far: Journal prompt related to the reading assignment, 10 mins Think-pair-share related to the prompt/reading, 10 mins Harkness inner-outer circle discussion, 30 mins Transition to working on research project, review assignment expectations, 5 mins Students working on research assignment using iPads, 40 mins Wrap-up/review homework assignment, 5 mins My P will probably leave once students are working independently, after about an hour. What other ideas do you have? How can I strengthen this plan, or does it look good enough? What can I do to feel less nervous overall??