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Week 4 - Strategy of the Week: One Teach/One Observe

One Teach, One Observe

One Teach/One Observe

Seems simple enough, one teacher takes the lead while the other sits in the back of the room making note of the effectiveness of the other teacher and perhaps even offers some constructive criticism, right? No.

Remember during One Teach/One Observe the observer is looking for a measurable piece of data to discuss during a later reflection time. It important to switch roles, as students will see one teacher as an assistant if roles are stagnant.

Examples of Observable Behaviors

Student Behaviors

  • Which students are starting or engaging in conversation during discussion?
  • Which students are not contributing to discussion?
  • Are students beginning their work promptly?
  • What does Student X do if they are confused?
  • How many times do students get up to sharpen pencils?
  • How many times do students talk about a concept that is not related to the learning target?

Teacher Behavior

  • The number of times boys are called on versus girls
  • Circulation around the room (map it)
  • The number of "ums" or "awesomes" used in a given time period
  • The amount academic vocabulary is reinforced
  • The amount of positive feedback versus negative feedback
  • The amount of wait time given to students
  • The amount of student engagement time versus the amount of teacher talk time


This list is not exhaustive, please be creative in your observations. If you come up with an observable behavior that would help the group, please email me your idea.

Also, remember it is important to have meaningful conversations set around these observations.

Lastly, the observing teachers do not have to sit in the back of the room. They can circulate around the room with a clipboard to stay in close proximity to the students.

*All Co-Teaching materials adapted from St. Cloud State University (TQE Leaders)

TPE of the Week -- TPE 5 - Student Engagement

Candidates should clearly communicate instructional objectives to students. They should ensure the active and equitable participation of all students. If students are struggling and off-task, candidates should examine why and use strategies to re-engage them. Candidates should encourage students to share and examine points of view during lessons. Candidates should teach students to respond to and frame meaningful questions.

TPE 5 Student Engagement

Bree Gage

Co-Teaching Coordinator