School Business Affairs June 2019 SCHOOL BUSINESS AFFAIRS | JUNE 2019 31 Classroom Visits: Staying in Touch with the District Mission A quick classroom visit can reinforce why SBOs chose the education profession. By Scott Clay, Ed.D. LEADING AND LEARNING C lassroom observation helps district administra- tors do their jobs effectively, and school busi- ness officials can benefit similarly. Whether we call them walkthroughs, instructional rounds, classroom visits, or something else, observation visits provide a snapshot of the fruits of our efforts, connect us to students and staff, and provide valuable information about our schools and how we can improve them. A classroom visit need not be long—five minutes is enough time to observe without disrupting the activities in progress. When preparing to visit classrooms, consider a few important points. 1. Before visiting, communicate your intentions to principals, teachers, and the union representative. Tell them why you are visiting, what you are looking for, and what you will do with the information you gather. Communicating this information clearly is important. Transparency is key. 2. Some teachers will stop what they are doing to welcome you to the classroom. Remind them that DGLIMAGES/STOCK.ADOBE.COM