One of the best tools for teacher development is, hands down, lesson observation. Gabriel D. Maggioli, in his Lessons Learned, says that “observation is arguably the richest and most powerful learning tool for teacher development. It provides models of lessons and examples of student and teacher behaviors, which can be analyzed, detailed and compared.”
In this talk, we’ll discuss two different types of observation: lesson observation, typically carried out by a tutor, coordinator, director of studies, or more experienced teacher, either as a part of a pre-service, in-service, or a teacher training course such as CELTA; and peer observation, when the observation is done by a fellow teacher.
Some of the topics that will be discussed include:
- What lesson and peer observation are and when they should happen;
- A possible lesson observation cycle;
- Feedback on lesson observation (oral or written; when it should happen — right after class? A few days later?; action points);
- A practical component: we’ll observe a couple of mini-lessons together and consider the feedback we would give.