Teachers are opening up their classrooms to peers, coaches, and others. This approach to professional learning has many forms such as learning walks, peer coaching, lesson study and instructional rounds.
Whatever the model, protocols are critical. In addition, tools can provide accuracy in following the protocol. Coaching Tools for Teacher Learning enable the observers to stay focused on the issue of the day, such as vocabulary development or high order questioning, and collect objective data to inform the teacher’s practices. School leaders can also use the data (with or without names attached) to identify trends as well as areas of strength or need.