#1MinCPD: Post-Observation Strategy

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How can you get the most out of observations?

Solution-focused questioning

After your next observation, work in a group of no more than 4 people to really get the most out of the process.

  • Share with the group the strengths and development areas identified in the observation.
  • Pick one of your development areas and explain how you currently do it to the rest of the group, for example, how do you currently manage Key Stage 4 homework?
  • The rest of the group asks clarifying questions, for example ‘How do you follow up on missed homework?’ – answer them in detail.
  • The group then asks more probing questions to push you to think about how you can improve, for example ‘How do you ensure homework is completed independently?’
  • Once meaningful questions are exhausted, sum up what you have learnt/realised.

Why is it a good strategy?

  • Collaboration after an observation is key. It helps to get the most out of the process and to ensure teachers are supported in reflecting on their practice.
  • Don’t underestimate the importance of peer-support and coaching to your wellbeing.

Tip

As a member of the group asking questions and listening to the member who has been observed, ask brief, thoughtful questions and try to avoid giving advice.

1 minute CPD will:

  • Take you no longer than 1 minute to read!
  • Provide you with a practical tip to improve an area of your practice.
  • Be on a topic selected by our readers!

Solution-focused questioning is one of the MANY tips that appears in Te@cher Toolkit: Helping you survive your first five years.

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Holly Gardner

Holly Gardner is TT Editor, as well as a Freelance Publisher. She has been working with @TeacherToolkit for over 6 years - since she published his first book in her role as Senior Commissioning Editor at Bloomsbury Publishing. Since then, she left her day job, moved to Madrid and trained as an English teacher. She is now a key member of the TT team, continues to teach english and edit books, and also spends her time learning spanish and searching for the best tortilla de patata! You can follow her at @HollyEditTeach.

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