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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Tips for Walkthrough Observations

As an administrator, I have to do formal and informal observations. But a third way of gathering information of what is happening in classrooms is through walkthrough observations. These quick, unannounced visits usually last from 5 to 15 minutes. But watching is not enough; there are certain specific indicators you should be looking for:

  • Students attitude towards the learning. Look for student engagement, their attention and their behavior. Analyze the interaction between teacher and students, and amongst students.
  • Curriculum connection. Review if the lesson is following objective and standards previously established.
  • Instructional method. Evaluate the teaching repertoire.
  • Evidence of previous work. Look for student work hanging on the walls and bulletin boards.
  • Safety and health. Examine if the teaching and learning environment is a secure place for students.
  • Areas of learning opportunity. Think of a time during the lesson where the teacher missed a learning moment.

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