How can you get the most out of observations?
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.
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.
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- 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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