My current context of having to rely mostly on recorded lessons has actually given perspective about how learners, and teachers function when the observer is not in the room. At the start of a recorded lesson, both students and teacher tend to have an elevated awareness of being rcorded. However, with time they fall right into being themselves, forgetting all about the camera. So, I am really seeing some positives in this method. The balance to all this, is that I have also done online observation by zoom with the same group. So, I really think I am able to give the best feedback to the teacher for development and growth.
I also think that the pre-discussion session can actually be a factor in determining if the teacher goes in nervous or relaxed. So, this is a key consideration in my observation process.