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Classroom Walk-Throughs

This group is dedicated to sharing the best practices around classroom walk-throughs and will provide support to school leaders who are new to the process.  We encourage you to share tools and templates which might be used to collected data in a highly efficient manner on these walks. 

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Mcrel PowerWalkthrough Software

Started by Rob Van Brunt Mar 27, 2012. 0 Replies

Is anyone using the McRel software for classroom walkthroughs?  If you are, can you please share your experiences? It looks similar to the one put out a few years ago by MediaX for the Palm Pilots.…Continue

Classroom Walk-Throughs - Ed Leadership

Started by Michael Keany Jan 29, 2012. 0 Replies

December 2007/January 2008 | Volume 65 | Number 4 Informative Assessment    Pages 81-82 Classroom Walk-ThroughsJane L. DavidJane L. David, director of the Bay Area Research Group, begins a new…Continue

Walk-Throughs Are On the Move

Started by Michael Keany Jan 29, 2012. 0 Replies

Walk-Throughs Are On the MoveClassroom walk-throughs are a trend that is on the move! The non-threatening, non-evaluative walk-throughs give principals a quick snapshot of student learning. That…Continue

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Comment by Martin Weinstein on February 6, 2015 at 4:46pm
Comment by Martin Weinstein on February 6, 2015 at 4:45pm
Comment by Jay Nichols on March 13, 2013 at 2:23pm

I am providing a training to a number of school districts next week on the power of walkthroughs as a critical tool for effective Supervision & Evaluation systems. Walkthroughs are beneficial in many ways and there is compelling evidence to support the strength of the UNANNOUNCED classroom observation/walkthrough.

Comment by Dr. Jim Garver on March 14, 2012 at 5:22pm

Paul is absolutely right about the power of shifting walks from teaching to learning.  We have worked with schools across the U.S. and Canada on this change in focus and the results are transformative.  It's simple, but not easy!  The potential of teacheers walking other teachers classes is mostly untapped.

Comment by Paul Shuster on February 29, 2012 at 3:44pm

Dr. Nadien's comment is right on the money!  I have trained thousands of administrators in the use of technology for walk-throughs, and with over 800 school districts using this technology, the impact on student achievement and teacher effectiveness is astounding. Carolyn Downey is certainly the guru, but there are others to model after too.  I am especially keen on observing the learners and not the teachers. Sharing statistics about the learning going on is a great way to encourage discussion and  reflection - especially when it is disagreggated by grade and/or subject. Many are encouraging 'teacher-walks' where teachers observe each other's classrooms.  They get teaching ideas when they observe, and the process in non-threatening.

Comment by Dr. Lynnda M. Nadien on February 29, 2012 at 2:57pm

In 2002, I had the opportunity to be trained via the 'Downey' Walkthrough Method-and I use this practice daily. The foundation is to support teachers and allow for reflective practice. This practice enables me to manage my building and provide feedback to teachers. The Walkthrough Method is many times misunderstood, as teachers feel intimidated by the process. I  suggest building leaders, review the practice, and support the use of reflective work to engage the teachers in the effectiveness of daily walkthroughs. Read up on Carolyn Downey-as a guru in this area! This process can improve the performance of teachers, principals and of course meet the needs of our children!!

 

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