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SamTastic Weekly Tip: 9/14/20 - You have to see to understand

This week’s tip: You have to see to understand.


“Seeing” instruction sounds easy. It takes a sincere effort to connect with a teacher for it to be meaningful. SAMs ask their leader what kind of seeing instruction they’d like to schedule:

  • Observation

  • Walkthrough Work with Students

  • Student Supervision

Work with Students, is popular with teachers as the leader works with a student or group while watching a teacher deliver a lesson. This allows a leader to engage with the content, work with a student and see the teacher, teach. Teacher’s like it as they have another adult helping. Kids like it because they get time with the principal. Principals like it because they now have experiences they can use to better understand how to assist the teacher.


A new SAM team in Iowa, Erik Garnass and Kristy Lorber at Bondurant-Farrar High School, decided to do a weekly drawing with the winner getting to “borrow” the principal for a class period. The teachers love it. Everyone wins with this novel take on the third kind of seeing instruction, Work with Students.

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