Teacher walk-throughs often are used to focus on the performance of a single teacher, when the process should zero in on what the students are doing in the classroom, writes Kristen Swanson, senior educational-technology leader for BrightBytes and a founder of the Edcamp movement. Swanson writes in this blog post that teacher walk-throughs are opportunities to collect formative data -- which Swanson does largely by observing students. "They show you, in mere moments, if the necessary context has been created in the classroom for purposeful learning," she writes.

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