Education Opinion

Tools for Observing Teachers

By Elena Aguilar — February 28, 2013 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

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.

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?

The opinions expressed in The Art of Coaching Teachers are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.