The Classroom Observation Tool is primarily used as a coaching tool to support the development of high-quality instruction in early childhood classrooms. The Tool is used to rate teachers' behavior and instruction during classroom observation visits spread over a full academic year. The Tool is aligned with the Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines.
237 items across a variety of domains including but not limited to: Classroom Management, Social and Emotional Development, Oral Language Use, Written Expression, Math, Science, English Language Learners, and Effective Use of Technology. Observations take
Public access online training modules are available (https://www.childrenslearninginstitute.org/resources/cot/) and video exemplars of specific items in each of the COT domains are available (https://cliengage.org/public/tools/quality/cot/)