The 3-Minute Classroom Walkthrough Every Principal Needs

Samantha James

Samantha James

October 17, 2022

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Classroom walkthroughs are a crucial part of any principal’s job. They help you get a pulse on what’s happening in your school and identify areas that need improvement. But let’s face it, most principals don’t have much time to spare. That’s why we’ve created this handy 3-minute classroom walkthrough form. Just print it out and bring it with you on your next walkthrough. It’ll help you quickly and efficiently collect the data you need to make informed decisions about your school.

The 3-Minute Classroom Walkthrough Form

1) What is the teacher doing? (standing at the front of the room, working with a small group, etc.)
2) What are the students doing? (sitting in groups, working independently, etc.)
3) What materials are being used? (textbooks, worksheets, laptops, etc.)
4) How are the students interacting with each other? (cooperative, competitive, confrontational, etc.)
5) How are the students interacting with the teacher? (attentive, engaged, disruptive, etc.)
6) Is the lesson plan being followed? (yes, no, partially)
7) If not, why not? (materials not available, students not ready, other)
8) Any other observations? ________________________________________
9) Overall impression of this classroom: _____________________________

We hope you find this 3-minute classroom walkthrough form helpful! remember, effective principals spend time observing in classrooms regularly. This gives them a deep understanding of what’s happening in their schools and allows them to identify areas that need improvement. Classroom walkthroughs are just one tool that can be used to gather this type of data. Other tools include surveys, interviews, and focus groups. No matter what data gathering methods you use, always involve stakeholders in the decision-making process. After all, they’re the ones who know your school best!