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SamTastic Weekly Tip: 1/14/18 - To improve a teacher’s performance increase your interactions.

Today’s tip: To improve a teacher’s performance increase your interactions.


A teacher knows that more time needs be spent with students who aren’t moving forward. A teacher plans frequent interactions with individual students to help move them forward—often multiple “touches” each day: encouragement, lessons, individual and group work.


This is an important lesson for SAM teams as the same is true for the school leader who wants to move a teacher forward: encouragement, the four kinds of “seeing” instruction, the three kinds of feedback, individual and group work.


Think about a single teacher—a teacher you want to improve. How many “touches” did you have with this teacher since school started again this month? How many were positive and encouraging? How many touches do you need to ensure success for the teacher?


TimeTrack shows the amount of time you spend with a teacher. Did you know it will also show you the number of touches or interactions? Open the Dashboard, click on any teacher, and then click the interaction tab, upper left of the chart. You will now see the number of “touches” broken out by descriptor. In the upper right corner you will see the total number of touches for the year.


It is more meaningful to see the number of touches for the last two weeks.

Click the Options tab and use the date range drop down to select “the last month” or “custom date range”. Click apply. You will now see the number of touches in last month in the upper right corner.


Try this at one of your SAM Daily Meetings this week. Many SAM teams are surprised when they look at their data this way—frequency of “touches” rather than the amount of time.

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