Walk-throughs provide a snap shot of student learning. Protocols can effectively structure classroom visits and focus them to observe for components of effective instruction. Brief, frequent, routine classroom visits with explicit “look-fors” can be powerful opportunities for collaboration between educational leaders and teachers (Protheroe, 2009).
Principals and literacy leaders can access this collection of walk-through tools that provide a focus on the learning environment. These tools provide look-fors including phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.
- Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) Principals Walk-through Checklists for Grades K-12
- Observation Tools Reading Component Checklists
Leadership Tools: Instructional Practices
Use these checklists to focus on elements of effective instructional practice. Gather data to give educators feedback or identify professional development needs.
- Explicit Systematic Instruction
- Scaffolded Practice
- Instructional Grouping
- Differentiated Instruction
Protheroe, Nancy. (2009). Using Classroom Walkthroughs to Improve Instruction. Principal, 88(4), 30-34.