The West Des Moines Community Schools administrative members are making a commitment to increase their visibility in classrooms through structured walk-throughs. A walk-through is a 5 to 10 minute classroom observation. The administrative team will be spending the next several months fine tuning the walk-through form as well as receiving training for using eWalk software for recording observations.
Q1. What does the walk-through form look like? Who created it?
A1. A team of building administrators is preparing a draft of the walk-through form, which will be based on the core components of Essential of Effective Instruction (EEI).
Q2. What type of format will the walk-through template be? Checklist only? Written feedback?
A2. It will contain both a checklist and an open ended written feedback.
Q3. When will be a copy of the walk-through form be available to staff?
A3. It should be available in the next few weeks – and we’ll post in online for everyone to see.
Q4. If administrators are only in the classroom for 5 to 10 minutes. how are they recording this information?
A4. Administrators will be using the eWalk app on an iPad to record their observations.
Q5. As a teacher, what type of feedback will I get?
A5. Teachers will receive a copy of the form with feedback via email.
Q6. Why was the eWalk software selected?
- In combination with the iPad, we felt it provided the easiest method for recording the walk-throughs.
- The ability to easily compile the walk-through usage and trends
- The ability to easily provide walk-through feedback to the teacher.
Q7. Is this required for all building administrators or is this optional?
A7. It is required for all building administrators. This winter/spring, the expectation is to receive training on eWalk software, refine the walk-through form, and begin to practice using the instrument. The expectation for full deployment and usage is next fall.
Q8. If the desire is to increase classroom visibility… can/will we measure how frequently the walk-throughs happen?
A8. Yes, eWalk software will allow us to measure the frequency of the walk-throughs.