I’ll never forget the first time I was observed. It was over 20 years ago, during my MA program, and I was absolutely terrified. I didn’t move out from behind the desk. But the observer, my teacher, made the whole experience a learning experience for me and I remember her observations and advice to this day. We can learn so much from each other if we were just able to lose our fear and learn to be constructive instead of judgemental.
What comes to your mind when you hear the word observation? Does it make you nervous, think really carefully about your lesson plan, or even worse, think this might be the end of your teaching career? We have all thought those thoughts and even experienced teachers say it makes them feel nervous. I used to get very stressed over them, but after starting to think of them as a constructive experience that can benefit both sides, the observer and the observed, it has become much better.
It can also be your choice.
If you want to be observed and my advice is to do it with your own initiative from time to time, choose a colleague that you can trust. Trust as in someone who can be honest with you and sit with you afterwards to go into what went well and what didn’t. When I do this…
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