In the Toyota Production System, all managers including senior managers visit the gemba regularly, so they can better understand the processes, challenges and problems.  As school leaders, we need to go to our gemba (the classroom) often (called a walkthrough), to see where value is added.  This way, we can better understand what is difficult for the students to learn and why (muri), what variation is their in the class profiles and how the teacher deals with this (mura), and where learning time is being wasted (muda).  Indeed, how can we, as administrators, make good decisions for our students if we never see where they learn and understand the challenges our teachers face.  Moreover, all employees of the system should be visiting the classroom to better understand how their work, no matter how far removed, adds value to student learning.


About James Bond

I am a Lean educator who hopes to inspire and be inspired by an innovative school community where we all become Global Critical Thinkers Collaborating to Change the World in a Digitally Rich Learning Community Without Limits.

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