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A Teacher's Perspective

A Teacher's Perspective: 'It's Hard to be Modeled At'

Modeling really works when I see a new practice, talk about it, go try it, and then talk about it again with my coach. If I just see the practice but don’t get to try it, talk about it, or do follow-up, it feels sort of like I’ve been given a cow and told to make a meatloaf.

Also, for modeling to work well, there needs to be discussion afterward—because it’s hard to “be modeled at.” When somebody comes into your room and models a lesson, you have opinions about what’s happening, about what you’re seeing. So you’re an active participant—just as active as the person doing the modeling. You should have a chance to share your thoughts, as well as to hear what it was like for the person doing the modeling.