TBRS is a reliable and valid measure to evaluate teaching behaviors that target school readiness.
The Teacher Behavior Rating Scale (TBRS) was developed by the Children’s Learning Institute at UTHealth Houston as a classroom observational measure to target enriched learning activities in early literacy, language, and mathematics skills in pre-K and kindergarten classrooms. TBRS has been used in numerous studies as a tool to observe and evaluate teaching behaviors and change over time.
TBRS contains 87 items across 13 separate content areas. Most items utilize both a 3-point scale to evaluate the quantity of the observed behavior, frequency of interactions, or consistency of a behavior, and a 4-point scale to evaluate the quality of the observed behavior. Reliability and validity studies find TBRS to be sensitive to positive teaching behaviors that promote school readiness and is predictive of children’s school readiness abilities.
In developing TBRS, CLI had two primary goals:
TBRS was designed to be completed by a trained observer. The two-hour classroom observations must be scheduled during instructional periods of the day when teachers are implementing the majority of their language, literacy, and mathematics activities. Observers are required to observe at least one large-group activity, one small-group activity, and transitions between activities, as well as examining the teacher’s weekly lesson plans and sample of student work (i.e., portfolios).
CLI used TBRS to develop the CIRCLE Classroom Observation Tool (COT), used by coaches across CLI’s implementation projects to observe teacher behavior, set goals for improvement, and track progress over time through the CLI Engage platform. CLI’s COT features specific behaviors that impact the TBRS scales.
CLI offers in-person, virtual/remote, and hybrid training options for TBRS, available nationally and internationally. Our standard training model includes the following, but can be adapted to meet specific training needs:
To request a quote for TBRS training, please contact us and include the following information: