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Classroom Learning Walks. The Public Schools of Petoskey. Learning Walks: A Classroom Walk-Through Model. Research Based Management By Wandering Around (Hewlett Packard and Peters & Waterman). Effects of Researched Learning Walk Models. Improved Teaching and Learning

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Classroom learning walks

Classroom Learning Walks

The Public Schools

of Petoskey

Learning walks a classroom walk through model

Learning Walks:A Classroom Walk-Through Model

Research Based

Management By Wandering Around

(Hewlett Packard and Peters & Waterman)

Effects of researched learning walk models
Effects of Researched Learning Walk Models

  • Improved Teaching and Learning

  • Higher Student Achievement

  • Better Student Conduct

  • More Reflective Thinking

  • Increased Communication

Several types of classroom visits
Several Types of Classroom Visits

  • Formal Teacher Observation,

  • Informal Teacher Visitation, and

  • Classroom Learning Walks

Classroom learning walk design
Classroom Learning Walk Design

  • A classroom visit with-

    • Focus(On several main areas)

    • Brevity(2-4 minutes)

    • Feedback(informal with staff)

    • Reflection (growth opportunity)

A classroom learning walk provides
A Classroom Learning Walk Provides

  • Another view ofeffective teachingand learning

  • Another way toconnect and communicate

  • Another lens to contemplateour common district goals in action

  • Another avenue for school improvement

A classroom learning walk is
A Classroom Learning Walkis-

Not A

Formal Evaluation

Classroom learning walk goals
Classroom Learning Walk Goals

  • Continual Learning

  • Frequent, Relaxed Classroom Visits

  • Identification of Best Practices

  • School Improvement Examples

  • Increased Student Achievement

Classroom learning walk four parts
Classroom Learning Walk Four Parts:

  • #1- Objective(s)

  • #2- Instruction

  • #3- Engagement

  • #4- Environment

    Followed by Feedback & Reflection

1 objective s
#1: Objective(s)

Is There a Clear Objective

or Target for the Students

and the Teacher?

  • Standards & Benchmarks (GLCEs/HSCEs)

  • Goals & Objectives

  • Continual Progress Monitoring

2 instruction
#2: Instruction

Are Good Instructional Strategies Evident?

  • Research-Based

    - Guided Practice & Check for Understanding

  • Various Assessment Tools

  • Differentiation Opportunities

  • Linked to District Goals for Reading, Writing, Math, Science, SS, etc.

3 engagement
#3: Engagement

Are the Learners & Teacher Engaged in the Learning Process?

  • The portion of classroom that is actively engaged in meaningful learning pursuits (target 100%)

4 environment

Is the Classroom Environment Conducive to Learning?

  • Organization for Maximum Learning

  • Evidence of Classroom Management

  • Positive Classroom Climate and Culture

Feedback reflection
Feedback & Reflection

  • Give Feedback

    • Short, Personal or Staff Discussions

    • Shared Anecdotal Observations

      A Reflection Opportunity- Evaluate, Apply, & Adjust Personally and /or as a Staff

Purposeful reflection
Purposeful Reflection

  • Looks Back

  • Makes Sense of It

  • Learns

  • Looks Forward

  • Anticipates

  • Finds Resources

  • Gets Prepared for the Future!

The classroom learning walk
The Classroom Learning Walk

It can be an exciting

and worthwhile journey for everyone!


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    Prepared by Lynn Slanec, Ed.S.