Learning not Evaluation

We’ve embraced learning walks as a tool to build collaborative culture, learn and grow together, share practice and reflect.  Beginning with literacy, we have now designed learning walk guide sheets that define and articulate our vision.  As we test our second iteration, we have felt it important to communicate what specifically learning walks are designed for.  Hence, this second infographic.

3 Replies to “Learning not Evaluation”

  1. Hi Tara,

    I like the infographic as it is a good visual representation of the whole concept of learning walks. Just like your school, my school has recently integrated learning walks that focus on learning and collaboration, not appraisal or evaluation. From my own experience as an instructional coach, I find the learning walks extremely beneficial even when you spend only 10 minutes in a class. There is so much to learn from colleagues and from observing student learning in action. I wonder how successful the learning walks have been at your school? Do people do them voluntary and willingly? Is there a structure? I am trying to be more systematic approach, encoyraging a culture of open classrooms, so I am curious if you have had any successes with your teachers. I am also curious about the learning walk guide you mentioned. I would greatly appreciate if you share any info in this regard.

    The infographic is appealing and summarizes the big ideas begind learning walks. I can’t wait to learn more about visual presentations in course 3.

    1. Hi Laylya,
      Thanks for your feedback. Interesting points that you pose. We started literacy learning walks about 18 months ago and have been growing them throughout this year with people becoming more open to them each time. Now, we are transferring this to tech integration as well, and using PDSA cycles to prototype and revise in short-cycles. Next year, we’ll develop a more systemic approach, something we are actually meeting as a leadership to discuss this week. I’ll be happy to share feedback as we move along. So far, people are open, though it does take a lot to shift the culture from evaluation to learning. Would love to continue this conversation…

  2. Thanks for taking the time to create this infographic. It will surely help us share the idea with our teachers as we begin the process. I am looking forward to following your blog. You are an inspired educator and writer.

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