Key Practices for a Successful Classroom Walkthrough

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1. Make a plan

Before you even enter the classroom, it is important to have a plan for your walkthrough. This means knowing what you will be looking for and what type of feedback you will be giving. Without a plan, it can be easy to get sidetracked or miss important details.

2. Be observant

Once you are in the classroom, it is important to be as observant as possible. Not only should you be looking for things that are going well, but also for any areas of improvement. It can be helpful to take notes during your walkthrough so that you can remember everything later.

3. Give feedback

After you have observed the classroom and made some notes, it is time to give feedback. This can be done in a variety of ways, such as verbally, through written comments, or by providing a summary report. It is important to be clear, concise, and objective when giving feedback.

4. Follow up

After you have given feedback, it is important to follow up. This can be done by meeting with the teacher again, sending a follow-up email, or calling the school. Following up will help to ensure that your feedback is received and that action is taken if necessary.

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