Evaluative Classroom Walkthrough
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Evaluative Classroom Walkthrough2017
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PURPOSE
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To help evaluators learn about current strengths and weaknesses or individual staff members and of the collective school staff.
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PROCESS/PRACTICE
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Enter the classroom to observe a teacher while teaching, for the purpose of gathering information in the following areas:
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a. What is being taught? (curriculum)
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b. How is it being taught? (instructional strategies)
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c. How are students responding? (student engagement)
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d. How are students behaving? (student behavior)
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e. What is the classroom environment? (appearance of classroom, items posted within classroom, use of resources)
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When possible, and if it isn't a distraction -
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a. Ask students questions:
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Why are you learning this?
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What are you learning today?
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How does this connect to what you learned yesterday?
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What will you do with this? What is the next step?
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How will you be assessed on this information?
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b. Review questions from exams or handouts
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Keep track of observations either in writing or an electronic format.
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Develop a reflective question or coaching point to discuss with the teacher either face-to-face or via email. Limit the focus to the one question or coaching point that will have the most impact.
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Have either a brief discussion or pose the reflective question in an email to the teacher, being sure to identify the time, class, and context of the question.
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a. Today in the classroom, I saw ___________.
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b. How did this strategy support the purpose of the lesson?
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c. Did the students respond as you expected they would? Explain.
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d. What are the next steps in student learning, and how will you support their learning needs?
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Establish clear expectations for staff as to whether they are to respond to emails or whether responses are optional.
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Track data throughout the building to help inform decisions on building priorities, initiatives, and professional development.
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PAYOFF
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Evaluators are able to collect valid data across the entire shcool year and provide timely, accurate, judgemental feedback. Dialogue with teachers can be used as a reflective and collaborative process.
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