Providing Follow-Up on Classroom Walkthroughs  •  113

If walkthroughs are going to improve teaching and learning, follow-up to teachers is essential. Follow-up can be given in written or oral form and can be formal or informal (Figure 9.1). Brief notes placed in the teachers’ mailboxes or sent by e-mail are common ways of follow-up and usually include a summary of key observations, comments, points for clarification, and possible ideas for the teacher. Although follow-up can be given informally between classes or in a casual visit before or after school, it is more common to schedule a specific time to discuss or reflect on the observation. This also provides the opportunity to learn more about what took place before and after the classroom visit that may enhance the observer’s understanding.