Beth Melia-Leigh

    Dear All,

    Thank you for engagement with and contributions to this week’s forum task. It seems that you have all picked up some great ideas for developing your observation practice, which I will summarise below.

    • Nanees, Jane and Nosheen would all like to develop and use their own, bespoke observation forms tailored to the individual needs of the teachers they observe.
    • Everyone seems keen to try out alternative approaches to observing, in particular the ghost observation and the compare and contrast idea, which may help to take some of the stress out of being observed.
    • Gabi, Lawrence, Nosheen and Nanees all talk about the importance of only focusing on a limited number of areas for development and not critiquing every aspect of the lesson.
    • Angharad reminds us of the importance of focusing on the learners (and not just the teacher) when observing.
    • John, Nosheen and Angharad mention using video and/or audio-recordings, which can also be good for self-observation and reflection.
    • Jane suggests encouraging the observer to engage with the learners at the beginning of an observed lesson to break the ice.
    • Jane and Marcia both mention how online observations can help to minimise the impact of the observer, allowing for less intrusive, camera-off observations.
    • Cris, Angharad, Nosheen and John all talk about the benefits of peer observation. Nosheen and Cris suggest having a pre-observation meeting to decide/discuss which area(s) to focus; Cris and Angharad suggest that the compare and contrast and ghost observations could work well as peer observations; John mentions the idea of a buddy system.

    Thanks again for sharing your ideas here and, as usual, if you haven’t yet contributed – or responded to each other’s posts – please continue to do so.

    Best wishes,