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Observation, why bother?. Andy Baxter. Lesson observations Say one thing to one person Say one thing to a set of people. To a novice teacher. Observation. To an experienced teacher. Observations to a novice teacher

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Lesson observations

  • Say one thing to one person
  • Say one thing to a set of people

To a novice teacher


To an experienced teacher


Observations to a novice teacher

  • Describing the lesson they are observing ---- Demonstrating what they have been conditioned to see
  • Objective in teaching
  • Descriptive teaching notes : what the teacher did, teacher’s behaviours and no add commentary.

Useful observation

  • Making observations into conversations.
  • Pointing out behaviours
  • Asking noticing type-questions (real questions and listen to the answer)


Observations to an experienced teacher

  • 1. A jointly prepared by observer and observee
    • How would this alter observer’s comment
    • How much responsibility for succesful / unsuccessful outcomes
    • Could add another observer and discuss how the lesson alters observational judgement.


  • 2. A lesson prepared by observer but delivered by observee
    • What useful insight can be gained
    • What needs to be changed
    • Are the problems by the content, or the delivery, the lesson structure or even the fact it is being observed


3. Action research aim

  • Particular piece of content doesn’t seem to work in your school. (why, how it needs to be altered, create some substitute content)

Points of observations

  • Part of bureaucratic process
  • To put personal file/portfolio

Observer’s advice / suggestions

  • What they say about philosophy of teaching
  • Their attitude to learning
  • What do they choose to comment