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Solution TreeConducting Instructional Rounds
THAT’S ME!
Revitalizing a Faculty
Instructional rounds have the power to stimulate excitement and energy with faculty members almost immediately.
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Instructional Rounds=Win-Win
When teachers have an opportunity to observe and interact with their colleagues in a non-evaluative way regarding instruction, everyone wins.
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Today’s Schedule…
Today’s Schedule…
Instructional Rounds, The Basics
Read the article and answer the following questions with your elbow partner:
What is the goal of instructional rounds?
What are the benefits of instructional rounds?
Who is involved?
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The Goal
The primary purpose of instructional rounds is for the teachers making the observations to compare their instructional practices with those they observe in the classrooms they visit.
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The Benefits
It is the discussion at the end of instructional rounds and the subsequent self-reflection by observer teachers that is the chief benefit of rounds.
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Who is Involved?
Ideally every teacher should have a chance to participate in instructional rounds at least once per semester.
Teachers who are observed are typically volunteers or are requested to be the subject of rounds.
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The Process
Groups conducting rounds are usually small in numbers—3 to 5 not counting the lead teacher.
When the observer teachers enter a classroom they knock at the door and quietly move to some portion of the classroom that does not disrupt the flow of instruction.
They observe what is occurring and make notes regarding use of specific instructional strategies.
Debrief in hallway/summarize conclusions.
When?
Ideally every teacher should have a chance to participate in instructional rounds at least once per semester.
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Useful Rules
Comments made during the debriefing should not be shared with anyone.
Do not offer suggestions to the observed teachers unless they explicitly ask for feedback.
Nothing observed within a lesson should be shared with anyone.
Observed teachers should be thanked and acknowledged for their willingness to open their classrooms to others.
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Plus/Delta
What worked well?
Deltas
Summarizing Conclusions
Those instructional practices you will continue to use since you saw other teachers employing them effectively;
Those instructional strategies you currently use that you now will re-examine,
Those strategies you don’t use now but will try because you saw them effectively used by other teachers.
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Summarizing Conclusions
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Revitalizing a Faculty
Instructional rounds have the power to stimulate excitement and energy with faculty members almost immediately.
When teachers have an opportunity to observe and interact with their colleagues in a non-evaluative way regarding instruction, everyone wins.
cutting-edge research concrete strategies sustainable success
To remember
Reserve thoughts and observations for debrief time
Smile and show appreciation
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Feedback to Teachers
Show appreciation
Provide POSITIVE, SPECIFIC feedback regarding (at least) ONE thing the teacher did well
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