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  • Writer's pictureJim Mercer

SamTastic Weekly Tip: 9/12/22 - Increase the Number of Interactions You Have with Each Teacher

Today's tip: Increase the number of interactions you have with each teacher.

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 with 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 this year? 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.

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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