LEARNING WALKS AND INSTRUCTIONAL ROUNDS
On any given day, IEE has dozens of coaches in schools all across the state. One privilege for coaches is that they get to see great instruction taking place, and then share best practices between schools. Teachers are often living on an island within their building – they might go days with no other adult stepping foot into their classroom. So much can be gained by visiting colleagues’ classrooms and seeing students in action.
For one day (or more), let an IEE coach facilitate Learning Walks or Instructional Rounds so wonderful ideas can be shared between the teachers in your school. The teachers will visit other classrooms during their prep hours, or at lunch, or when a rotating sub provides some time for them to explore the other islands within their school walls. The IEE facilitator will provide background information, suggestions, and note-taking guides before the walkthroughs. After, the facilitator will lead a reflective conversation to help teachers capture their thoughts.
Learning Walks are more informal; teachers visit classrooms and check out what is displayed on the walls, how the desks are arranged, or how technology is being used. They can look for anything they might “steal” and utilize in their own classrooms. For Instructional Rounds, a focus area is identified – for example, they might look for and collect data around student engagement or search for “I can…” statements posted on whiteboards. The anonymous data helps provide a temperature check on any school-wide initiative and helps teachers understand how others are implementing these initiatives with fidelity. Newaygo Middle School and High School participated in both Learning Walks and Instructional Rounds during the 2018-’19 school year and the teachers and administrators learned a great deal from one another throughout the productive days.
One day – $500
Two days – $900
Contact IEE for more pricing options