Classroom walkthroughs offer a way to measure overall instructional progress and use data as a springboard for reflective dialogue.
Unlike observations--which look at individual teacher performance--walkthroughs allow instructional leaders to use aggregate data to see the big picture, determining the overall impact of new interventions and identifying gaps in instruction.
Collect Data Efficiently
Teachscape Reflect makes it easy for instructional leaders to conduct frequent walkthroughs and gather consistent data, so data is a regular part of a continuous improvement process.
With handheld wireless devices (iPhone, iPod Touch, Android phones), tablets (iPad and Android), or laptops, instructional leaders can collect data quickly and easily right from the classroom and:
- Choose from a range of research-based look fors
- Use apps for data collection even in areas with no Internet connection
- E-mail walkthrough results to the teacher and other administrators
Use Surveys with Research-Based Look Fors
Instructional leaders can use their own surveys or research-based walkthrough look fors that are included with Teachscape Reflect:
- Standard look fors incorporate Robert Marzano (High Yield Strategies), Benjamin Bloom (Bloom’s Taxonomy), Phillip Schlechty (student engagement), and Carol Ann Tomlinson (differentiating instruction)
- Common Core State Standards surveys include Mathematical Practices and English Language Arts & Literacy look fors to identify use of practices that help students meet the standards
- Framework for Teaching look fors align with Domains 2 and 3 of Charlotte Danielson’s research-based instrument
Other surveys include look fors related to:
- Higher-order thinking skills
- English language learners (all K–12 grades and subjects)
Leverage Reports for Reflective Meetings
Walkthrough reports are excellent tools to use in meetings to help ask and answer questions that build dialogue and a common language across a grade, subject area, school, or district. Learn more about reports.