Two weeks ago, two groups, clad in suits and armed with Blackberrys', entered close to 30 classrooms for "brief, non-intrusive visits" to get a snapshot of the leaning environment and instructional practices employed in our classrooms.
"A 5 minute roller-coaster ride...too long for humans." - anonymous
"Like Godzilla, times five....but dressed...in wool gabardine." - anonymous
"Remember those Ring Wraiths from Lord of the Rings?" - anonymous
"Whatever its intentions, the implementation of the Learning Walkthrough left me feeling skeptical and submarined. I'd like to believe in its value; that Learning Walkthroughs can afford the opportunity for professional growth, but when it shows up on our doorsteps the day before they are to occur, what's a teacher to think? There is the need for front-loading, for planting the seeds, and for greater faculty inclusion. Instead, we witnessed intrusion. I hope the teachers that spoke at yesterday's Planning Team meeting effectively conveyed the confusion and trepidation that these Walkthroughs generated. For my small part, I'd like to believe that my impressions will make a difference as we move forward." - ken rodoff