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Classroom Observations: Purposeful and Focused Walkthrough notepads are now available. Let's talk for a minute about classroom observations. The teachers do not like them. They dread them. I have had a new teacher need her asthma inhaler just because I opened the door to her room. Others are totally fine with be observed. Then we have some who are "okay" with it but rather not know in advance. Whatever the case is, I totally understand their pain and respect their feelings. However, as administrators, we are required to do classroom observations. I just wish I had thought of this notepad idea years ago. So here we are now...Classroom Observation Checklist Notepad. Can I say I'm super proud of it?
Even if you don't have campus goals identified or if you don't want to have "purposeful and focused" walkthroughs. You can still use the notepad to take your notes and keep documentation on file. There is nothing wrong with that. All of the other "stuff" can come later as you get to it.
Some key points as you move into your position as a principal or if you have been one for awhile.
1. Make walkthroughs routine.
2. Have a purpose in mind. (even if you don't have something set in ink in your campus plan)
3. Reflect after the classroom observation. Have conversations with the teacher about what you observed or did not observe. They want feedback.
4. Be respectful of the teacher and the nervousness they have when being observed. I tell my teachers to tell me this is not a good day. I will come another day.
5. Classroom observations are not "got-ya's" on the teacher. They are used to know what is working or not working in the school.
6. Create a calendar for the week or even an excel file to keep up with who you plan to observe or who has been observed. This will keep you on track so you don't keep going to the same people over and over. An observation schedule is so important. I had mine on a clipboard. Every Monday, my Assistant Principal and I would sit down and pick our classrooms. We were required to do 5 observations a week. He would observe five and I would observe five. Organizing like this helps us not go into the same classrooms during the week.
The notepad can allow you to look at data in all the right places.
It's time to rethink the traditional classroom observations. If you want to be organized this year with classroom observations, then order your Classroom Observation Checklist notepad today.
Texas Aligned - TTESS Notepad
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