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Instructional rounds at Excelsior Springs Middle School will take place on two levels this year. First, rounds will be an important part of small group reflection, where a team of teachers who share ...
Instructional rounds at Excelsior Springs Middle School will take place on two levels this year. First, rounds will be an important part of small group reflection, where a team of teachers who share a common planning hour observe two classrooms a month. In this format teachers will look for descriptive evidence and avoid subjective speculation about practice. Small groups will use our faculty protocol form and will also look for evidence in support of NEE indicators 1.2, 4.1, 5.1, and 7.4. Second, rounds will be used by department chairs as a school-wide strategy to identify problems of practice. As defined by Roberts (2012), "a problem of practice is a statement that describes the instructional problem that a school is struggling with and that serves as a focus for classroom observations" (pg. 4). Department chairs will conduct rounds twice this year (once each semester) to support our progress toward our building goals. The purpose of this practice is not evaluative, this practice will report broad trends for staff reflection from a school-wide perspective; no individual teacher data will be reported.
City, E. A., Elmore, R. F., Fiarman, S. E., & Teitel, L. (2009). Instructional rounds in education. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.
Roberts, J. E. (2012). Instructional Rounds in Action. Harvard Education Press. 8 Story Street First Floor, Cambridge, MA 02138.