ERIC Number: ED495513
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr-20
The Three-Minute Classroom Walk-Through: Changing School Supervisory Practice One Teacher at a Time
Downey, Carolyn J.; Steffy, Betty E.; English, Fenwick W.; Frase, Larry E.; Poston, William K.
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 is irrelevant to the curriculum. This book offers a practical, time-saving alternative that impacts student achievement by cultivating self-reliant teachers who are continuously improving their practice. Easy to understand and adopt, this method will answer the questions most important to principals: (1) Is the work of my teachers aligned with the district curriculum? (2) Are my teachers using research-based "best practices"? (3) Are they choosing the instructional strategies that will promote student achievement? Also known as the Downey Walk-through, the method presented in this book has been developed over a 40-year period, tested and refined in actual teaching environments, and taught internationally. Following a preface, this book is divided into 10 sections: (1) Understanding the Rationale Underlying the Walk-Through and Reflective Practice Approach; (2) Conducting the Walk-Through Observation: A Five-Step Process; (3) Moving Staff to Reflective Inquiry: Focusing on the Reflective Question and Conversation; (4) Constructing a Taxonomy of Reflective Questions and Their Use in the Classroom Walk-Through; (5) Establishing Logistical Procedures for Implementing the Walk-Through Process; (6) Cultivating the Culture: Effectuating Change that Works; (7) Using the Walk-Through Process to Promote a Collaborative, Reflective Culture; (8) Determining Whether Walk-Throughs Are the Right Stuff; (9) Understanding the Walk-Through as a Discursive Practice; and (10) Linking the Walk-Through Process to a Model of Teacher Growth. An index concludes the book.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Supervision, Educational Strategies, Reflective Teaching, Principals, Curriculum Development, Academic Achievement, Teacher Improvement, Supervisor Supervisee Relationship, School Districts, Curriculum, Benchmarking, Classroom Observation Techniques, Faculty Development
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