An expanded examination of the Downey Walk-Through, this sequel shows leaders how to help teachers improve their practice by engaging them in reflection and professional dialogue.
Chapter 2: Considering the Various Approaches to Classroom Observations
Considering the Various Approaches to Classroom Observations
The idea of going into classrooms and making observations has been around for decades. Unfortunately, many times the purpose and approach to such observations lack clarity. Instead of a situation being a positive one with a focus on learning and growth, it often is seen as something punitive and negative in nature. Learning and growing is inhibited when the environment is one of fear. And why would any of us who are supervisors, coaches, or mentors want to instill fear in the workplace? Such a culture can paralyze the environment for change and, further, it is not any fun.
Our approach to the short, informal walk-through has the purpose of making a positive ...