SMT Training for World-Class Teacher and Classroom Observations

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In just a short amount of time, you can learn to set up a lesson observation using the SeeMeTeach app.

Then in 20 minutes, you will know how to complete an observation using the qualitative comments mode to

add comments and recommendations tagged to the timeline and/or video.

Then in just 20 more minutes, you will know about all the data and analysis features of the quantitative mode and can begin to collect and analyze data, then proceed on to more training for more extensive data collection and analysis, which is presented to you one step at a time. Each training has a video overview with an opportunity to do a mini-practice of what is presented in the video. There is a Cheat Sheet for each training that highlights important features and components of the training, as well as guides the user when practicing the data collection or analysis skills. Each training from T3 and on also has a Practice Key so the novice user can compare their data and analysis to that of an expert user to determine if more practice is warranted. 


Develop or refine your teacher observation and reflection skills. Become a world-class teacher and classroom observer - if you wish.


Preparation to Use SMT

1. Read through the Overview and Features document to develop an understanding of the power of using SMT.

2. Use the Training Manual or simply follow the flowchart and hotlinks of the training materials below to learn how to use the powerful features of SMT.

General Overview of the Training 

There are three quick lessons that all users should complete that are noted on the flowchart below:

* T1 - Setting up a lesson observation in SMT - This is essential for any lesson observation.

* T2 - Qualitative Comments Mode - How to add comments and recommendations to an observation.

* T3 - Quantitative Data and Analysis Mode - The fundamentals of data collection and general introduction to

          the various data analysis features. 


Following T1 - T3 the user has choices for what type of comments or data to collect and where to begin learning the various options for data collection using SMT. The user could begin with any of these four options: 

       * T4 - Student Misbehavior and Teacher Reactions - data that could be collected by itself or in

                 conjunction with other data such as teacher actions (T6) or student actions (T5).

       * T7 - Wait-time Averages - collect WT data averages 1 - 4, but not linked to any teacher or student


       ** T5 - Student Actions and Engagement - data on student responses and actions during the lesson.

       ** T6 - Teacher Actions - data on teacher actions and choices made during the lesson that has a huge

                  impact on the lesson and learning.

** See the graphic below and note that T5 and T6 are absolutely foundational for moving forward along the training pathway. If T5 is completed first, then T6 should be second, and vice versa. 

Also, note that each training module has a video overview and a "Cheat Sheet". Following the training the user is encouraged to complete a practice session using a hotlink to the practice video.


Use this flowchart to plan a training pathway and then below the graphic you will find the training videos and cheat sheet links for each training. 

SMT Flowchart for Training Options and Pathway


Videos Used in Training and Extended Practice

SMT Practice Video Swinging Spheres                        

SMT Practice Video Float Sink M *                           


Videos for Supplemental Practice

SMT Practice Video Float Sink A                               

SMT Practice Video Float Sink B                               

Practice Video Truck Hill L                                         

SMT Practice Video Truck Hill M *                             

Note the * indicates a practice video more suited to misbehaviors and practicing M codes.

Training 1
Lesson Setup

Training 1 Cheat Sheet


All Videos

All Videos

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Training 2
Qualitative Comments


Training 2 Cheat Sheet


Training 3
Quantitative Overview

Training 3 Cheat Sheet

Training 3 Practice Key

Training 4
Misbehaviors (M10-M13)


Training 4 Cheat Sheet

Training 4 Practice Key

Training 5

Student Engagement (S1-S9)



Training 5 Cheat SheetTraining 5 Practice Key

Training 6

Teacher Actions

Video Overview and Practice

SMT Training Level 6 T Codes Pt A                               

SMT Training Level 6 T Codes Pt B                               


Training 6 Cheat Sheet
Training 6 Practice Key

Training 7
Wait-Time: Simple Method

Video Overview and Practice

Training 7 Cheat Sheet
Training 7 Practice Key

Training 8 - Merging Student Actions (S1-S9) and Teacher Questions
Video Overview and Practice

Training 8 Cheat Sheet
Training 8 Practice Key

Training 9 - Adding Teacher Actions (T5-T12), To T0 -T4b plus S Codes
Video Overview and Practice
SMT Training Level 7 T M and S Codes                         

Training 9 Cheat Sheet
Training 9 Practice Key

Training 10 - T Codes, S Codes, plus Wait-Time                Black Belt Level
Video Overview and Practice
SMT Training Level 9 All Codes, Seating Chart and WT

Training 10 Cheat Sheet
Training 10 Practice Key

Training 11 - Small Group Data Collection
Video Overview and Practice
SMT Training Level 8 Small Groups                               

Training 10 Cheat Sheet
Training 10 Practice Key