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Lesson observation is often used as a tool for monitoring and appraisal or as a one-off opportunity for feedback. However, research shows that practical application of learning is a more effective way of improving teacher quality.

This unit aims to set a strong sense of purpose for lesson observation as a type of formative rather than summative assessment directed towards improving teaching and learning.

It aims to encourage teachers to be reflective about their own practice as a spring board for being analytical about others’ teaching practice. The goal is to make teachers’ competence more conscious.

Aims and outcomes

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • understand the benefits of developmental observation
  • identify factors that contribute to effective observation
  • articulate what they want lesson observation to achieve for them and the school

Unit contents

  • Introduction
  • Current views
  • School aims
  • Conscious competence
  • Future task introduction
  • Optional additional task
  • Plenary

Unit content

Unit 1: Why observe?