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Principal walkthroughs are an effective method of evaluation and supervision.

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  • Walkthroughs

    1. 1. Classroom Walk-Throughs Becky, Suzan, Tom, and Jason
    2. 2. Survey Time! <ul><li>Please take a couple of minutes to answer our questionnaire… </li></ul>
    3. 3. Walk-Throughs are: <ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Conducted by school principal or supervisor </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Focused on teacher evaluation and supervision </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Gather information about curriculum, instruction, and teacher decisions </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Separate from a formal observation </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Increase knowledge, skills, and performance </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Promotes teacher growth </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Understanding Walk-Throughs: <ul><ul><ul><li>Set the stage at the beginning of the year </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Help improve not punish </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Train on importance </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Set a purpose each week </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Leave notes </li></ul></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Understanding Walk-Throughs <ul><li>Downey Approach </li></ul><ul><li>Informal </li></ul><ul><li>Brief 2-3 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher decisions </li></ul><ul><li>Throughout the day/unannounced </li></ul><ul><li>No checklists Nothing goes in file </li></ul><ul><li>Focus is professional growth </li></ul><ul><li>Leads to reflective conversation </li></ul><ul><li>Other Approaches </li></ul><ul><li>Formal </li></ul><ul><li>Longer 5-15 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher effectiveness </li></ul><ul><li>Time is typically known and scheduled </li></ul><ul><li>Specific checklist about certain practices </li></ul><ul><li>May put checklist in personnel file </li></ul><ul><li>Focus is evaluation and supervision </li></ul><ul><li>Leads to direct feedback from supervisor </li></ul>
    6. 6. Five-Step Walk-Through Observation Model <ul><li>Student Orientation on the Work </li></ul><ul><li>Curricular Decision Points </li></ul><ul><li>Instructional Decision Points </li></ul><ul><li>Walk the Walls </li></ul><ul><li>Safety and Health Issues </li></ul>
    7. 7. Are Walk-Throughs the “Right Stuff?” <ul><li>25 years of research literature has yielded 10 highly desirable results of MBWA practices. </li></ul><ul><li>Enhanced teacher satisfaction </li></ul><ul><li>Improved teacher self efficacy </li></ul><ul><li>Improved teacher attitudes toward professional development </li></ul><ul><li>Improved teacher attitudes toward teacher appraisal </li></ul><ul><li>Increased teacher efficacy of other teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Improved classroom instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Improved teacher perception of principal effectiveness </li></ul><ul><li>Improved student discipline and acceptance of advice and criticism </li></ul><ul><li>Improved teacher-perceived effectiveness at the school </li></ul><ul><li>MBWA increases student learning across socioeconomic and cultural lines </li></ul>
    8. 8. Results of our surveys <ul><li>High school </li></ul>How does an administrative visit make you feel? What do you think they are looking for?
    9. 9. Results continued <ul><li>Elementary and Middle school responses to our surveys </li></ul>
    10. 10. What things do you see?
    11. 11. References <ul><li>Downey, Carolyn J., (2004) The Three Minute Classroom Walk-Through: Changing School Supervisory Practice One Teacher at a Time </li></ul><ul><li>Background Photos downloaded from Flickr.com </li></ul>

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