Principals, grade level coordinators, assistants, department chairs and even central office administrators can become very knowledgeable of the day-to-day classroom reality using 10 minute time period observations.
Powerful Classroom Observations in 5 to 10 minutes presents a way to plan for, organize short observations (5 minutes), and record details (5 minutes) that allows a realistic picture of classes, students, and teachers.
The author found this approach valuable when she was juggling an administrative job that involved teaching. She found that planning and using even short periods of time allowed her to speak knowledgeable with parents and see issues in context.
Give it a try!