Observe and Analyze

 

During the Observe and Analyze phase, partners come together to discuss the information they gathered about their common goal. Together, they analyze this information to draw conclusions about the impact of their plan on student learning. The conclusions they draw may lead them to create new activities that better address their current common goal or to consider a new one altogether.

During the Observe and Analyze phase, you and your partn er engage in a conversation about the information you gathered. Keeping the expected impact of your common goal in mind, together you analyze the information you gathered to draw conclusions.

There are many ways to analyze the information you gathered. Regardless of the preferred method you choose, you should be able to address the following questions:

  • What does the information gathered tell you about your common goal?
  • What was the impact on your students’ learning?
  • What conclusions can you draw?
  • How can you use these conclusions to inform your practice?

You can follow these guidelines to facilitate your discussion while analyzing the gathered information:

  1. Observe and describe the information gathered. Keeping the expected impact in mind, what do you observe?
    • You discuss what you observe or notice, what are some of the similarities and differences, and what stands out most. Focus your conversation on the elements you observe and try not to interpret for now.
  2. Making meaning and drawing conclusions. What do your observations reveal about the expected impact of your common goal and what conclusions can you draw from this?
    • You discuss with your partner and attempt to explain why the elements observed occurred. This will help you make meaning of your observations and draw conclusions about the expected impact.
  3. Deciding next steps. Based on the conclusions drawn, what actions will you take as your next steps?
    • You discuss different ways you can use the conclusions drawn to take steps to improve student learning or to influence your teaching practices. These conclusions may lead you to create new activities that better address your current common goal or to consider a new one altogether.

After observing, analyzing, and drawing conclusions, it would be an opportune time for you and your partner to look back on your collaboration and review your process together.

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Observing & Analyzing the Information You Gathered