One of the most powerful data collection strategies a district can employ is walkthroughs. They can provide clear, actionable feedback about how professional learning efforts are translating into the classroom. But making them effective requires setting up strong protocols and building a culture of teacher buy-in so that they can serve their purpose as formative assessment without feeling too evaluative to teachers.
About Blast Walkthroughs
In this article, we’re focusing on walkthroughs that are short visits to several classrooms. Although such walkthroughs may also be referred to as learning walks or instructional rounds, we use the term “blast” due to their nature–continuous, numerous, and brief.