2 What Are Classroom Walkthroughs? “Unlike a classroom observation which provides a view of a single classroom, a walk through creates a school-wide picture made up of many small snapshots.... It’s a strategy for providing a school, not an individual teacher, with feedback about what it’s doing or not doing....”“Walk throughs are a way of collecting data about the school’s success in achieving its goals…. They provide a way for the principal to determine what additional support teachers need in order to achieve the school’s goals.”Richardson, J. (2001). Seeing through new eyes. Tools for Schools.
3 Classroom Walkthrough A process and a set of tools that have a specific focusA way to provide the school with continual feedback about what’s working and what’s not workingA way to build a professional learning community at a schoolA way to improve student achievementA way to focus on effective instructionA tool to enhance classroom visits
4 Classroom Walkthrough Is Designed to Assist in… Effective data-gathering strategiesCurriculum analysis skillsReflective thinking strategies
5 Types of Classroom Visits Visible presenceInformal teacher observationFormal teacher observationBrief classroom walkthroughClassroom walkthroughs are not part of the formal evaluation process.
7 Planning with a FocusIdentify a focus for the walkthroughs
8 Focus on Curriculum “Look-fors” in this category: Identify the learning objective(s)Determine whether the learning objective is evident to studentsDetermine whether the learning objective is on target for grade-level standardsIdentify the Sunshine State Standard Strand
9 Focus on Instruction “Look-fors” in this category: Identify the instructional practicesIdentify the student grouping formatIdentify research-based instructional strategies
10 Focus on the Learner “Look-fors” in this category: Identify student actionsIdentify the instructional materialsDetermine the level(s) of student workDetermine levels of class engagement
11 Focus on Classroom Environment “Look-fors” in this category:Identify routines and procedures, available materials, student work, rubrics, exemplars, etc., that support the learning objective
12 Focus on the Needs of All Learners Do you see evidence that the teacher is responding to the different learning needs in the classroom?
13 ReflectionReflection is “…the ability to look back and make sense of what happened and what you learned. But it’s also the ability to look forward, to anticipate what’s coming up, and what you need to do to prepare.”York-Barr, J., Sommers, W. A., Ghere, G. S., & Montie, J. (2006). Reflective Practice to Improve Schools.
14 Reflective Practice Requires… A deliberate pauseA purposeful time for a close lookA willingness to be open to other points of viewConsciously processing your thoughtsGaining new insights and understandingAction with what has been learned
15 Reflective Practice Can Take Place: IndividuallyWith a partnerIn a small groupSchool-wideWe will focus on small-group meetings.
16 When Are Classroom Walkthroughs Conducted? Anytime instruction is taking place.Goal:Every classroomEvery week
17 Classroom Walkthrough Signals My signal to let you know I am doing a classroom walkthrough is…
18 Classroom Walkthrough A classroom walkthrough should takeno more than 4 to 7 minutes.
19 Reflection Take a few minutes and consider…. How can classroom walkthroughsimpact teaching and learning in our school?