eWalkThrough Fuel

March 2018 Vol. 4 No. 4

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I believe that Maya Angelou said it best. There are many different ways to say it, but I can't stress enough the power of creating a positive culture in the classroom, in your buildings, and throughout organizations and districts.


In classroom observation, it is of the utmost importance to harness the power of positive feedback. With eWalkThrough®, our philosophy has always been that it is equally (if not even more!) important to catch your teachers in the act of excellence, and to let them know!


It is rare for any person to perform their job perfectly, but each time you have the opportunity to observe an employee, lead a staff or faculty meeting, or send out a weekly email of positive interactions happening in your organization, you have the power to change the culture.

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5 Easy Ways to Give a "High-Five"

The comments/probing questions section of your classroom observation system is a powerful place for leaving positive comments or "giving high-fives" to your staff. Listed below are 5 easy ways to say "Good Job!" in a clear, targeted, and personal way.

  1. "Your interaction with students provided encouragement and support while they gave their responses to your questions."
  2. "You made good use of your instructional time today by your use of planning and strategy choices."
  3. "It is clear you've adapted your approach and materials to meet the diverse needs of your students."
  4. "Your use of multiple measures of assessment to determine varying levels of understanding was excellent."
  5. "You promote critical thinking by encouraging students to elaborate further when making comments or asking questions."

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