Tandem Peer Pairs Initiative

Context and Rationale (see ppt Brandon 2000)

A structured process serves as a scaffolding for Collaborative work:

References and additional Documentation


The Actual Work of Tandem Partners: Collaborative Practice

Preview Meeting

Discussion to agree upon the work of the tandem partner during a particular teaching session

  • Teaching development objective for current activity
  • Specific teaching practice(s) to be examined
  • Observation strategy e.g. specific or open ended
  • Observers stance e.g. Participant or external observer
  • Documentation strategy i.e. Form and methods
  • Establishing a date for the follow-up review meeting

Living the Event Part A: The Interpersonal Dynamic (What about SEH eye graphic)

Practicing a supportive stance towards the tandem partner during a particular teaching session

  • accepting, not rejecting
  • non-threatening,
  • not patronizing inquiry stance,
  • not confirming prejudices
  • empathetic, not judgmental
  • respectful of partner’s wishes
  • use of “objective” stance:

Tools for practicing communication

Living the Event Part B: Strategies for Effective Collaboration

Review Meeting

The tandem partners each take some time for private reflection about their experience of the shared teaching session.
Then they meet to discuss what took place by engaging a “kitchen table” discussion.
This discussion touches on such topics as:

  • Recounting what was observed
  • Inquiry into what was observed
  • Search for the personal significance of particular actions
  • Sharing of personal experience
  • Relating the situation to personal teaching development objectives
  • Formulation of new goals
  • Planning classroom experiments