How to Ensure an Effective Learning Walk
- Make a plan for your learning walk. Identify who will participate and why and what their role in the process will be (e.g. gaining opinions of pupils, feeding back to staff at the end). Establish a clear focus for the walk and decide where it will take place (e.g. a particular set of classrooms).
- Choose whether or not to notify staff. Staff do not need to be notified, although it may help to limit classroom disruption if they are.
- Make use of a common framework. A school system which has agreed descriptors and judgement criteria, working protocols and clearly defined expected outcomes will be in a very strong position to influence teaching and learning positively.
- During the learning walk, be aware of time spent in each classroom. A learning walk is not an observation and as such, your focus should not directed at one particular teacher.
- Make notes on everything seen (remembering to record strengths as well as development points) and refine these after the walk.
- Ensure all staff involved receive feedback from the walk. Share what was seen and celebrate positive outcomes. Ensure development points are followed up with a clear action plan.
Learning Walks Made Simple with Lessons Learned
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Learning walks generate a lot of feedback that needs to then be effectively and efficiently shared with your staff. Record your learning walks using the feedback forms on Lessons Learned and you can instantly and securely share feedback with anyone involved.