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Observation for learning

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Most teachers have been observed at some stage in their professional career.

Observation usually involves someone watching all or part of a lesson, and then giving some kind of feedback afterwards. This could be written or oral.

Lesson observation can be done in different ways and for different purposes. You may be formally observed by a supervisor to evaluate your performance or a new teacher might want to see you teach to get some ideas.

In the next few steps, you will be considering observation for learning. In this type of observation, the aim is not to evaluate or criticise, but to help you to reflect on what you do in class and to identify what went well and, if something didn’t go well, how you might do things differently another time. In this way, it forms an important part of reflective practice.

  • What is your experience of observation?
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