The Art of Observation


Session: Workshop
Duration: 120 minutes/2 x 60 minutes
Audience: Teachers (all levels of experience); teacher trainers; academic management
Most of us have experienced observation at some point in our careers – whether during an initial teacher training course, as part of a CPD programme or in-service performance management. For many, this opportunity to show off their teaching abilities is one to relish. For some, however, having an observer ‘sit-in’ and later comment on their lesson can be stressful and intimidating.
This workshop will critically explore observation from both sides of the desk: that of teacher and observer. We will discuss how to build confidence in observed teachers through ‘invisibility’ in the classroom, and continuous, scaffolded support throughout the observation process.
The session will include:
–  Different types of observation: their implementation and purpose
– Critical reflection upon the usefulness of observations as a measurement of teaching quality
– Standardisation of observation procedures
– The ‘art’ of observation: what to look for in a lesson
– Recording detailed, constructive observation notes


As a reflective practitioner, I am very open to constructive feedback. I’d love to hear from you if have attended this workshop. What did you take away? How could I do better? Would you recommend me?
Let me know…