This resource is for middle and high school teachers who receive walkthrough observations. It is also available in my (over 288-page) bundle: Back-to-School Mega Bundle for Middle & High School. At a 15% savings - be sure to check it out!
If you’ve taught in the last dozen years, you’ve undoubtedly experienced many impromptu observations known as "walkthroughs." These types of observations can be anywhere from supportive and empowering to critical and demeaning - or anywhere in between. Research shows that administrators typically see these types of observations as beneficial, whereas many teachers think they focus on a "narrow range" of teaching and learning strategies. Regardless of the culture in which you teach - hopefully a respectful and supportive one - this set of resources is designed to help you in preparing for them, and to guide you (if necessary) in getting through them.
This packet contains twenty-nine pages of strategies, tips, and resources for walkthrough observations, specifically those unexpected ones. You'll get cards for teachers who tend to freeze or panic. These cards have specific directions for what to say and do if someone walks in and you feel yourself shut down, or if the observer walks in at a particularly inopportune moment. Just pick up a card and go with it. If it comes down to it, you can read directly from it. Copy them, keep them where you can quickly grab them, and use as needed.
If you don’t need them for observations, consider them bonus resources to weave into your lesson plans. They are included in the editable section as well, so you can create your own ahead of time. They are labeled by activity and the appearance is generic enough for you to place on your desk without anyone knowing what they are or why they’re there. Use these however they best serve you.
Junior high, secondary.