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As a teacher that is going to be observed with a power walkthrough this week, I find this blog to be very informative! You were able to clearly explain why there is a need for this. In the past when I was observed, I wasn't given any critical feedback. I seemed as if the observation was full of assumtions of what my classroom looked like based off of my personality. This type of observation gives a variety of snapshots that give a clear picture of who I am as a teacher. I believe that observations should give teachers coaching experiences. I am only in my second year of teaching, and really look for that advice in helping me improve as a teacher.

Patricia, feedback on informal walkthroughs is tricky. On the one hand, a small dollop of feedback helps teachers synchronize their thoughts on what occurred with their observer’s observations. But too much time spent on giving feedback on each little observation can lead to a situation in which not enough observations can be collected for the overall data to be meaningfully analyzed. Thus, the school leadership is unable to see the forest for the trees. Once enough observations have been collected, observers should meet with teachers to discuss deeper meaning now that patterns can be seen in the larger sample size.

I agree that the ultimate purpose of classroom observations should be teacher coaching. I believe I am an excellent teacher, but I also believe I have room for improvement; however, whenever I am observed, I am not given any feedback or coaching to help me become better. When I do improve in certain aresa that I see deficiencies, it is because I found a professional development opportunity that met that need. It would be nice if those trained observers were more helpful.

A concise and focused explanation of the purpose of Power Walkthrough. The bottom line...help teachers improve professional practice with the ultimate goal of increasing student achievement.

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