Follow through: It isn’t just about your golf swing (Part 1)

A couple of years ago I was looking at our school district’s data regarding the number of classroom observations that were being conducted.  We had been focusing on using walk-through forms to collect data and follow through conversations to give teachers objective feedback regarding their teaching, Visible Learning and Teaching and student engagement. Many hours[…]

Building Capacity in Assistant Principals: Is on the job training enough? (Part 3)

Developing Instructional Leaders In Part 1 of “Building Capacity in Assistant Principals” we looked at why it is important to work with your current assistant principals to develop their instructional leadership skills. In Part 2 we focussed on how to assess the readiness of your current APs and identify which will be ready to move[…]

SIE: 5 Key Elements for a Meaningful Walkthrough

The main objective of using eObservations walkthrough tools is to improve instruction by providing formative feedback to teachers. If your teachers are only accustomed to observations that are evaluative, it is essential that you do some work prior to beginning walkthroughs. 1. Communication: Many teachers comment that they have either never been observed or the observations they[…]

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Feedback: More than just an “attaboy”

“Great lesson!” “Your students really had fun during class.” “I enjoyed your lecture today.” Every conference I have attended recently has had multiple sessions on feedback. Given that John Hattie states in Visible Learning that the average effect size of feedback is .73, it is no wonder that there has been a focus on the[…]