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The Three-Minute Classroom Walk-Through : Changing School Supervisory Practice One Teacher at a Time - Carolyn J. Downey

The Three-Minute Classroom Walk-Through

Changing School Supervisory Practice One Teacher at a Time

Hardcover Published: 12th May 2004
ISBN: 9780761929666
Number Of Pages: 224

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Change the entire school culture with this collaborative method of supervision!

For years, the classic supervision model has frustrated both principals and teachers by fostering superior-subordinate relationships, focusing on teacher conformity rather than growth, or producing checklist data that are irrelevant to the curriculum. The Three-Minute Classroom Walk-Through offers a practical, time-saving alternative that impacts student achievement by cultivating self-reliant teachers who are continuously improving their practice.

This method answers principals' key questions:

  • Is the work of my teachers aligned with district curriculum?
  • Are my teachers using research-based "best practices"?
  • Are they choosing the instructional strategies that will promote student achievement?

"The book is easy to read and easy to understand. The information is practical and provides an excellent resource for administrators who are truly interested in improving instruction." -- Edward Chevallier, Executive Director, Curriculum & Staff Development

About the Authors
Understanding the Rationale Underlying the Walk-Through and Reflective Practice Approach
What is the Downey Walk-Through?
Why Walk-Throughs?
The Evolution of the Downey Walk-Through Process
Conducting the Walk-Through Observation: A Five-Step Process
The Five-Step Observation Structure
Student Orientation to Work
Curricular Decision Points
Instructional Decision Points
"Walk the Walls" - Curricular and Instructional Decisions
Safety and Health Issues
Moving Staff to Reflective Inquiry: Focusing on the Reflective Question and Conversation
How Do We Provide Direct Feedback?
The Note
A Better Approach-Discussion
Direct Feedback Statement and Conversation
How Do We Provide Indirect Opportunities for Reflective Inquiry?
How Do We Ask Reflective Questions and Carry On the Conversation?
How Do We Ask Reflective Questions and Carry On the Conversation?
The Reflective Conversation
Constructing a Taxonomy of Reflective Questions and Their Use in the Classroom Walk-
The Novice/Apprentice
The Professional Teacher
The Expert Teacher
Limitations of the Taxonomy
Establishing Logistical Procedures for Implementing the Walk-Through Process
Finding the Time
Preparing Staff, Students, and Parents
Record Keeping
Board Policy to Support Walk-Throughs
Cultivating the Culture: Effectuating Change that Works
Lessons Learned About Change in Educational Cultures
Challenges and Barriers to Change
Deciding When to Intervene: The Marginal Teacher
Examples of Successful Implementation: Making the Walk-Through Process Work
Salinas Union High School District, California
Norman Public Schools, Norman, Oklahoma
Durham and Simco County School Boards, Ontario, Canada
Napa Valley Schools, Napa Valley, California
Shawnee Mission School District, Shawnee Mission, Kansas
Columbia-Brazoria Independent School District, Texas
San Leandro Unified School District, California
San Benito County, California, County Office of Education
Cultivating the Culture: A Final Word
Using the Walk-Through Process to Promote a Collaborative, Reflective Culture
Early History
Developmental Supervision and Mentoring
The Teacher as an Adult Learner
Promoting Development
Determining Whether Walk-Throughs Are the Right Stuff
Background and History of Management by Wandering Around
Why Are Both a Research and a Theory Base Needed Before Adopting An Innovation?
The MBWA Research Results
The Walk-Through with Reflective Question Research
Understanding the Walk-Through as a Discursive Practice
Examining the Dimensions of the Walk-Through
Changing the Discursive Practice of "Corrective" Supervision
Some Issues With the Model
A Pause to Consider Your Specific Situation
Troubleshooting Problems with the Downey Walk-Through
Linking the Walk-Through Process to a Model of Teacher Growth
Walk-Throughs and the Teacher Growth Model
The Model
Transformative Learning as it Relates to the Model
Organizational Learning and Transformation
Providing Feedback Conversation for Growth
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ISBN: 9780761929666
ISBN-10: 0761929665
Series: 1-Off Ser.
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 12th May 2004
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.7  x 2.01
Weight (kg): 0.62