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Classroom Observation Instruments
Kelly
Grand Canyon University
551: Supervision and Instructional Leadership
Dr. Gary McDaniel
July 31, 2013

Classroom Observation Instruments 1 As a principal, there are many challenges one may face. The challenges range from scheduling to disciplining students. However, one of the most demanding areas is the ability to provide effective instructional leadership. “Recent research shows that high-performing school districts actively seek to establish a clear expectation that the principal will be the instructional leader and the primary architect of instructional improvement at the school (Togneri & Anderson, 2003). Making sure that teaching materials are high- quality and readily available for teachers along with scheduling appropriate professional development are two roles of an instructional leader. In order for these to take place the principal needs to be aware of what is going on within the classrooms. Conducting classroom observations is key in guaranteeing the right tools are provided to teachers. An approach that has becoming increasing popular is the learning-walk or walk- through. When administrators complete a walk through, it gives them the opportunity to gather information about the classroom and help frame collaboration. “The walk-through can be defined as a brief structured, nonevaluative classroom observation by the principal that is followed by a conversation between the principal and the teacher about what was observed.” (Learning Point Associates, 2007) Vital information can be gathered when a walk-through is used appropriately. It also gives administrators the chance to visit the classrooms more often then full observations. When visiting classrooms more frequently, it gives the principal a chance to identify any instructional concerns or issues and gives them the…...

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