- The purpose of Instructional Rounds is identifying and sharing effective practices.
- A secondary purpose of Instructional Rounds is developing a common vocabulary to discuss practice.
- Instructional Rounds is voluntary and teacher directed. Administration is involved to help facilitate the process.
- Focus on the focus – the selected area of study.
- Instructional Rounds is an observational process, not evaluative.
- Discuss the practice, not the person you observed.
- The language used during Instructional Rounds is non-judgmental.
- We do not mention names. One can say, “I saw the teacher utilize index cards to gather student information.”
- Keep finding ways to make Instructional Rounds flexible – encourage more teachers to get and stay involved.
- We focus on effective practices and reflect on how we as individual teachers can implement those practices in our own classrooms. Discussing less-effective practices is not part of our Rounds process.
- If the observed teacher wants critical feedback, she can ask for it. For example, the observed teacher might ask, “What did you notice that could have made this lesson more effective?”
- You can offer to be observed without doing any observing, and you can do observations without offering to be observed.