Instructional Rounds

The What and How of Observing Effective Teaching

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Background Info

Instructional rounds, a practice adapted from medical rounds in learning hospitals, provide teachers with a real-life view into other classrooms. These rounds become a vehicle for collaboration and provide opportunities to showcase effective practices.

Typically, three things happen while observers are on an instructional round:

1. Affirm. Seeing other teachers engaging in the same practices you already do affirms teachers.

2. Wonder. Seeing other teachers engaging in practices different from one's own allows teachers to wonder about the possibilities.

3. Apply. Seeing other teachers' classroom and teaching methods allows teachers to apply new ideas to their own classes.

You'll see these ideas reflected in one of our observation templates below. However, schools and districts can utilize rounds to focus on school- or district-wide goals.

The key is that rounds are not evaluative in any way!

Instructional Rounds Quick Reference Guide (The How To)

Next Steps

Often, once a school has taken part in instructional rounds, they find themselves adapting it to fit their goals. Once example is tracking elements of ASOT observed during instructional rounds. Here, City View Elementary tallies the strategies they've seen during instructional rounds. Notice, however, that there are no names attached to this process so the non-evaluative nature remains in tact.
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