Academic Excellence of Your Classrooms

Brief but frequent classroom walk-throughs are a popular strategy for informally evaluating teachers and observing classroom activities.  How can the walk-throughs that you do improve classroom performance? Do you have elements in place that maximize teacher effectiveness?

Principal Principles Strategies to Maximize Classroom Effectiveness:

1.  Make walk-throughs routine- Short and brief- typically 3 minutes and no longer than 15 minutes.  I typically stay 5 minutes.
2.  Are the students engaged? Not just engaged but actively engaged in the lesson.  Classrooms should have students that participate in the lesson.  No one likes a "sit and get" classroom.
3.  Is it working?  Are the teachers effective in delivering the lesson?  This can be very valuable in your school.  Know what is working and what is not working in your school.  Reflect often.

The more opportunities I have to get into the classrooms, the more information I have to talk to parents about, to research about, and to understand.  Teachers don't just need you for discipline.  They need principals to understand curriculum and instruction.  Principals, after all, should be the instructional leader of the campus.

A great resource for principals when conducting walk-throughs:

Change to a supervision method that impacts student achievement by cultivating self-reliant teachers who are continuously improving their practice. An effective guide for pinpointing effective classroom instruction. 

This book also outlines specific strategies for engaging teachers in reflective dialogue that could enhance classroom instruction. A must read for administrators. 

This book was an easy read and had very practical, easy to put into practice, tips on observing classrooms. Time-saving techniques that still are quality practices.

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The Three-Minute Classroom Walk-Through: Changing School Supervisory Practice One Teacher at a Time

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