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Classroom Walkthrough Form Alignment
to Research, Resources,
and Professional Development


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CWT Alignment and

Link to Research and Resources

Professional Development Ideas and Helpful Hints

Content Standard, Agenda Visible See this link showing agenda, standard, daily schedule ideas I have collected over the years. Sharing with teachers different styles and possibilities allows for autonomy of designing a useful display that aligns to individual design and classroom environment. However, consistency across classrooms can be useful for students to expect to see and find the basic same format, content, and academic connection.
Learning Target As each grade level and/or PLC develops a system and process for achieving learning targets, sharing among all grade levels is important to see and hear the benefits of successful learning target strategies built into the lesson.
Part of Lesson Being Viewed Be sure and analyze your spreadsheet data to ensure that you are visiting classrooms at different times of lessons. By sorting your columns, you can clearly see which parts of a lesson have not been observed.
Student Engagement Probably my most favorite strategy is found here and it allows students to have the power of engaging dialogue with each other. This author allows you to copy and print these “question stems” for student to reference.
Checking for Understanding The most important comment after a training is that staff want and need to see these strategies modeled in all levels of classrooms. Taking five minutes of each staff meeting to share a strategy by a staff member is useful and builds upon the “tool box” of success for each teacher.

Providing training to your staff on cooperative groups is essential. Allowing students to be in small groups to process, think, learn together is important. Kids teaching kids! Priceless!
Feedback for Students In reviewing the resources that are listed will provide many ideas for teachers providing quality feedback to students. There are many strategies and sometimes teachers need to see these strategies modeled and/or view vidoes of demonstrations.
Lesson Design Lesson design is generally specific to the district, however, seeing a variety of lesson designs that include extended activities and differentiation can be useful for teachers who do not have their “tool box” built up in quality lesson design.
Research-Based Instructional Strategies Marzano is brilliant in this area, however, after recent research in the area of the brain development, there are changes to instructional strategies that should be considered.
Student Observations Questions to ask students while in the classroom:
  • What do you do in this class if you need extra help?
  • What are you working on? What are you learning from this work?
  • What are you learning? Is this work interesting to you? Do you know why you are learning this?
  • How challenging is this work? In what ways do you have the
  • opportunity to be creative?
  • How do you know you have done good work? What are some
  • elements of quality work?
  • How often to you get to work in groups with other students?
Classroom Management and Environment The NUMBER ONE step to quality classroom management and environment is having quality student relationships and rapport. Dr. Ruby Payne’s book: “Under-Resourced Learners” is by far the best book in understanding the power of connecting with our students and learning about their strengths. I offer a Teacher-Student Connections workshop that is aligned to her book.
Instructional Materials Of course instructional materials are dependent upon the district’s approval and process but I always look toward assisting teachers in the areas of free online resources that support a more visual and interactive classroom. There are numerous free instructional videos in which to connect our students to content. Research shows that the visual connection to learning is essential for long-term memory.
Curriculum Conversations It’s not about evaluating teachers but having curricular conversations leading toward improvement. As an athlete continues his/her practice, ongoing dialogue with the coach/leader is essential. Building upon your rapport with the staff is first and foremost before quality conversations around curriculum can occur. Some ideas for conversation:
  1. In light of your instructional objectives, how do you think the class went?
  2. Did the students learn what you wanted them to? How do you know?
  3. Were the choices of teaching methods or strategies effective? How do you know?
  4. Were the materials you used helpful? In what ways?
  5. If you could teach this lesson over again to the same class, what might you do the same? do differently?
  6. In what areas could I provide you support and/or resources to further your professional development in your subject area?
General Classroom Observations The CWT form should be shared with all staff prior to any formal observations take place. Each staff member should have a clear understanding of its purpose, your goals and process that you plan to follow throughout the school year. Positive immediate feedback is important. Sending a quick email of something positive is important for the CWT process. The email should also include when the teacher should make an appointment for your curriculum conversation.