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Education Partnerships, Inc.

What are some ways to do classroom observations in short visits of 5-15 minutes? The responsibilities of school site administrators are numerous and varied, yet one of the most important, is for them to support an environment that provides a high quality instructional program for every student. In surveys completed by teachers about what they wanted from principals in creating a positive school climate, they felt it was essential to: (1) treat students and teachers fairly and equally; (2) communicate with students and teachers; (3) support students and teachers; (4) model caring behaviors; (5) be visible and available; (6) lead learning; (7) focus on teaching and learning; and (8) create opportunities for professional learning. One strategy that administrators have used to help meet this challenge is to do classroom walkthroughs. This is a process of visiting classrooms for short time periods of 5-15 minutes, where the instructional program is observed, feedback is provided to teachers, students talk about what they are doing, and data is gathered to inform curricular decisions. (Contains 6 online resources and 2 resources.)

Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Educational Change, Classroom Observation Techniques, Educational Environment, Principals, Administrator Responsibility, Administrator Role, Instructional Leadership, Leadership Effectiveness, Educational Resources, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Change Strategies

Education Partnerships, Inc. Web site: http://www.educationpartnerships.org

Author: Walker, Karen

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=5556&id=ED538700

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