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Tools for Observing Teachers

I've received a number of emails asking for tools that coaches can use to observe teachers. My very simple response is that the best tool is co-constructed with the teacher, aligned to school goals or initiatives, and evidence-based.

Here's a beautiful example of an observation tool used by one of my coach-colleagues.
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It may not make a whole lot of sense when you look at it--the coach was tracking the teacher's movements around the room (the meandering lines and squiggles). There's also a legend on the bottom left.

What isn't evidence is the conversation that this coach had with her teacher after the observation. The post-observation happen the following hour. I believe it's very important for the debrief conversation to happen quickly and in person! And the coach reported that it was a rich conversation in which the teacher came to all kinds of self-realizations about her practices.

This is also available for you to download on my website.

Other coaches: What kinds of tools do you use when observing teachers?

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