Engaging Teachers in Classroom Walkthroughs

Engaging Teachers in Classroom Walkthroughs

Engaging Teachers in Classroom Walkthroughs

Engaging Teachers in Classroom Walkthroughs

Synopsis

Engaging Teachers in Classroom Walkthroughs is a practical guide to planning and implementing brief but focused classroom observations that involves teachers in every step of the process. Drawing from their study of 40 schools in the United States and Canada, the authors show how administrators and teacher leaders moved teachers from resisting to embracing the practice. Readers will learn how to

• Foster a school culture that supports walkthroughs.

• Implement the components of successful walkthroughs, such as focus and "look-fors," data collection methods, and meaningful follow-up strategies.

• Get all teachers involved and actively participating.

• Evaluate the walkthrough process and measure its effectiveness.

• Use walkthroughs to support professional development related to the Common Core State Standards.

This book demonstrates that when teachers learn from one another in a cycle of continuous professional growth--through observation, shared inquiry, dialogue, and follow-up--they develop a sense of collegiality and a common mission. By opening their doors to their peers, they also contribute to broader school improvement efforts that positively affect teaching and learning throughout the school.

Excerpt

This is a book about classroom walkthroughs. More specifically, this is a book about teacher leadership throughout the classroom walkthrough process. This teacher leadership results in ongoing professional conversations about and growth in improving teaching and learning. Although walkthroughs have historically been regarded as the domain of school administrators, classroom teachers are finally becoming more directly involved in them. Teachers participate in planning, implementing, and evaluating walkthroughs, and they participate as observers and the observed. This is the story we want to tell.

When we first became interested in classroom walkthroughs, we were surprised by how widely this activity was being used as a school improvement tool yet how little the education literature contained on the topic. Initially, we were attracted to nationally known walkthrough models: Data-in-a-Day, Downey’s Three-Minute Classroom Walk-Through, Instructional Practices Inventory (IPI) Process, Learning Walk Routine, Look 2 Learning, McREL Power Walkthrough, Instructional Rounds Network, Teachscape Reflect Classroom Walkthrough, and the UCLA Center X Classroom Walk-Through. Although they have different purposes and protocols, these models are used by many schools across the country to improve instruction and student learning. We studied these models for several years and gleaned similarities and differences as we presented the topic of classroom walkthroughs at local, state, and . . .

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