If your school or district uses walkthroughs as a way of evaluating teachers, follow this guide to create and populate walkthrough types.
Each walkthrough type houses a bank of open ended questions and checklists that administrators will choose from when creating walkthroughs for teachers.
Permissions Necessary: This feature is resource based, to gain access please contact your Project Manager.
To begin, choose Evaluation Manager from the Evaluate dropdown menu.
Next, choose the System Setup tab, then Walkthrough Types.
Click the Add Walkthroughs Type button.
In the new window, type a name and description. You also have the option of including Public and/or Comment Templates. These templates provide administrators with a starter sentence to use when conducting Walkthroughs. The Public section is visible to observees, while the private section is not. When you’re finished, click Add.
After clicking Add, a new window will appear. The information from step 4 will appear in the top section of the new window. At this point we will begin adding Sections and Items. A section is similar to a category. It will create a new tab when all the information is complete. Items are questions housed within the category.
To add a new category, click the Add New Section button. A new tab will appear in the bottom half of the window.
Type a title, description, and sort order. Once all information is added, click the Update Section Info button. It is very important to click the update button after each change. If you don’t, any changes that were made will be lost.
The Section name will now appear as the title of the tab.
Next, add Items/questions to this section. To do this, click the Add Item to Section button.
A new window will appear. In this window we will add questions and choose answer types.
Type the desired question, choose whether teachers will be required to answer the question, and choose a sort order.
Next, click the arrow to choose an Answer Type from the dropdown menu. There are four different choices.
In this example we will choose Text Field and click Add.
The newly created question will appear in the Quality Evidence Section. Click the Update Question Info button to save all changes. It is very important to click the update button after each change. If you don’t, any changes that were made will be lost.
Text Field and Text Area items are similar. Adding a Text Field will allow the observer to leave a short, open-ended response.
Whereas, a Text Area will provide the observer with a much larger space to answer the question.
To add a Checkbox Group question, repeat steps 11 and 12 but choose the Checkbox Group option from the Answer Type drop-down menu and click Add.
The newly created question will appear in the Quality Evidence Section. However, this time, there’s a bit more work to be done.
We need to add all possible choices that the teacher will be able to check. To do this, click the Add Option button.
A box with a red X will appear below.
Type one of the possible answers in the box. To add a second answer, either choose the Add Option key again or hit return/enter on your keyboard. A new box with a red X will
Continue is this manner until you’ve added all necessary answers. When you’re finished, Click the Update Question Info button to save all changes. It is very important to click the update button after each change. If you don’t, any changes that were made will be lost.
Checkbox Group and Radio Group items are similar. Adding a Checkbox Group question will allow the observer to check all the options that apply from a list of choices.
Whereas, the answer for a Radio Group question is chosen from a dropdown menu.