Observing and being observed can be a powerful learning tool for teachers. Observations help teachers to learn from each other, to develop a more reflective approach to their teaching and to identify development goals. The British Council's new observation guides help teachers and managers to get the most out of this experience. There are two guides: one on peer observations and the other on formal observations.
The guides are full of useful information, for example peer observations often work best when there is a specific focus for observation identified by the teacher herself. This could be to investigate an area the teacher wishes to explore in more detail, or a problem the teacher wants to try to solve. Formal observations, on the other hand, are part of the performance management process in a school. They may have a developmental and/or an evaluative function.
To find out more and to download the free guides, visit the EnglishAgenda website.