I want to challenge you to get into 500 classrooms this year.
Now, I don’t mean that I want you to try to get into 500 classrooms. Everyone tries.
Trying doesn’t count.
Trying might get you a thumbs up from anyone who notices, but it doesn’t produce results for students.
I want to challenge you to develop a plan to make 500 classroom visits this year.
And then implement that plan. Hard.
If you’d like a solid plan…good news. I’ve made one for you. It’s called the 21-Day Instructional Leadership Challenge.
But I made a mistake with the Challenge—I made it too long and complicated.
More than 5,000 people have gone through the Challenge. But many have put off actually implementing the practice of visiting 3 classrooms a day.
Don’t put it off any longer. Make this the year you get into classrooms 500 times.
If you’re in…tweet at me (@eduleadership) with the hashtag #500c.
The “Master Yoda” Plan for Getting Into Classrooms
Here’s the “Master Yoda” plan. Don’t try it—do it. It’s simple but powerful:
- Schedule 5+ timeslots a day to visit classrooms.
- If you’re in a secondary school, schedule at least one per period
- Schedule a few extras if you get interrupted a lot. For example, if you know you’ll get interrupted 50% of the time, schedule 6 visits so you can actually do 3.
That’s it. Make it happen.
Decisional Information and Stronger Relationships
If you do, you’ll have vastly more information with which to make better decisions as a leader.
You’ll know your teachers and what they need, and where you can do a more effective job of supporting your students.
You’ll have vastly more context for your teacher evaluations.
And you’ll have much stronger relationships with your teachers—instead of seeing them mostly in staff meetings and the copy room, you’ll see them mostly in their own classrooms, doing what they do best.
Do, or do not. There is no try.
Now, I have a goal: 1,000,000 visits. This year. It’s ambitious, but doable. We just need 2,000 instructional leaders to visit 500 classrooms (tweet with the hashtag #500c if you’re in) this year, and the goal will become a reality.
500 classrooms. 3 or so a day. You can do it. Let me know how I can help.
Note: I’ve made an app called Repertoire that makes this very, very easy (and you can email or copy your notes into another evaluation system if you’d like).
If you want to learn more about developing your plan to get into 500 classrooms this year, register for the webinar “500 Classrooms: A No-Excuses Plan for Instructional Leadership”
Friday, August 19th
3pm Central/4pm Eastern
In this webinar, you’ll develop an actionable plan for high-impact instructional leadership in the 2016-2017 school year. You’ll also learn:
- Why most leaders rarely get into classrooms—and why they have very little impact when they do
- How to make a classroom visit schedule you can actually keep (even if you’re interrupted frequently)
- How to conduct enjoyable, high-impact classroom visits that don’t spark resistance or resentment
- A startup plan for turning classroom visits into a daily habit—getting you into each teacher’s classroom 18x this year.
- How to have the feedback conversation, handle documentation, and build toward the final evaluation