Advancing the Three-Minute Walk-Through: Mastering Reflective Practice
Carolyn J. Downey, Betty E. Steffy, William K. Poston, Jr., Fenwick W. English
SAGE Publications, Oct 28, 2009 - Education - 213 pages
'This book provides the most informed and transformative blueprint known for building the capacity of teacher coaches and supervisors. Districts across Texas are using the Downey Walk-Through to break through the barrier of the isolated classroom and provide a platform for improved dialogue about teaching and learning' - Susan P. Holley, Associate Executive Director, Texas Association of School Administrators
In 2004, The Three-Minute Classroom Walk-Through introduced educators to the Downey Walk-Through, a practical approach to coaching and supervision that is now widely accepted and used. Offering an expanded examination of the Downey Walk-Through, this sequel to the bestseller focuses on the second part of the walk-through--the reflective follow-up conversation--and clarifies many of the common misconceptions and misapplications of the approach.
The authors illustrate how leaders can use observations from the walk-through to engage in professional conversations and encourage teachers to reflect on and improve their practice. Offering extended examples, activities, and guidelines for changing schools one teacher at a time, this resource shows school leaders how to:
- Provide effective follow-up discourse without criticizing or demoralizing teachers
- Build collegial and respectful relationships with faculty members
- Help teachers see their power to become continuously improving professionals
- Foster a collaborative process between headteachers, teachers, and other instructional leaders.