Friday, October 25, 2013

Classroom Walkthrough Google Style

New assistant principal uses Google Forms for Classroom Walkthrough.


Classroom walkthroughs (CWT) give administrators data. This data is important for providing relevant professional development to the teaching staff as well as a good way to be involved more in the classroom. Since we have implemented CWTs we have seen gains, but the data was slow and cumbersome to disaggregate. Paper forms were the norm, but at the beginning of this year we implemented a Google Form for CWTs. The transition has been spectacular. The data is coming in faster and in realtime. I am able to share it with the assistant superintendent and superintendent easily and that gives me justification on how to spend the precious professional development dollars.

The use of a Google Form for CWTs is not for building administrators that "Cant handle the truth." The results are live and in your face. As we developed our CWT instrument we thought that we would shine in many areas. The form does not lie. Be prepared to see the truth in the data. 

For example checkout some of our data below. 



When the data comes back to the spreadsheet Google will automatically create graphs. Follow the steps below to access the Summary of Responses.
  1. Open the associated spreadsheet that collects the form data
  2. Click Form
  3. Click Summary of Responses 

As you can tell we need some work on technology integration. It is a slow process for my new school but we are on the right track. I am a new assistant principal that prides myself on my technology integration chops. The data does not lie. I am not having as much impact as I should. 







Truth alert! Our English Language Arts teachers have the highest percentage of master's degrees and national board certification. As administrators we tend to visit the good teachers more to reaffirm our great impact on our teachers as the instructional leader. 



In the link below I have shared our CWT instrument with you. Please take some time to evaluate it and modify as necessary. I have outlined some steps so anyone with a Google Account either through a school managed domain (@yourschool.org) or a Google managed (@gmail.com) domain can access. 

  1. Click the link here to the form 
    1. this will open the form
  2. Click on File then Make a Copy
  3. The form is yours to modify 

To find out more about Google Forms and how to use them in the classroom read my bestselling book from Corwin Press: