Jane McKinney

    When there’s been an opportunity for observation and it’s potentially informal, I’ve generally tried to engage the observer at the beginning so the students have a chance to interact.  This wouldn’t be practical in all cases but an example has been when I’ve asked the observer to tell the students about Chinatown food shopping for example or something that would be relevant to the students.  That sometimes works in settling the students down a bit (I can’t say the same for the teacher) and they then perform a little closer to normal.  It’s easier to block out an online observer once their camera has been turned off.  I think that will be work in progress, working out how I can blend in.