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Training Curriculum: Core Concepts in Mathematics Teaching and Learning by Carolyn Johns from the Ohio State University

Image Credit: NSW Department of Education

Title: Tutors Training Tutors via Peer Observation

Carolyn James, Portland State University

Peer observation is a great tool for helping tutors reflect on their tutoring and form relationships with other tutors. Rather than evaluations, which typically require expertise on the part of the observer, this model of peer observation is rooted in self-reflection: the tutor gains as much from observing others as from the feedback of being observed. In addition, these observations narrowly focus on one dimension of math tutoring at a time, allowing for targeted feedback and specific, goal-oriented reflection. This short paper describes the peer observation process, including guides for training and implementation.