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Observations - is the boot on the wrong foot?

I consider myself rather blessed. I have a beautiful 22 month old daughter who is healthy, happy and seems to learn new things extremely quickly. She …

Outstanding Year 6 English Lesson Observation with Ofsted Judgment

Teachers and Lesson Observations by @DrMattOLeary

Reading Time: 5 minutes<p>Why do teachers feel so strongly about lesson observation?<p><b>Introduction</b><p>For most teachers, their first experience of lesson …

Top Three Ways to Do Lesson Feedback - badly...

Lesson observations can be a profoundly positive or negative experience; I've seen teachers rejuvenated, inspired, depressed and infuriated by the …

Observation as a Tool to Enhance Teacher Learning, Part 2 by @DrMattOLeary

Reading Time: 5 minutes<p>In Dr. Matt O’Leary’s first blog, he asked; “if teachers are so used to being observed, why should it be a big bone of …

RT @christieamburn: Peer observation and feedback today for the math team! How to make a great lesson even better! #tpeg http://t.co/j17cjUsqOM

Iris Connect - lesson observation with video

Posted on Sep 27, 2010 | 0 comments<p>As a PGCE tutor, I do a lot of lesson observations. I’ve also just completed a module for my Masters on Coaching …

Observation rubrics – a response to @joe_kirby

@joe_kirby’s recent post makes reference to my book in the context of a wider discussion regarding the ongoing use of lesson observation in the …

In defence of criticisms of UCU's graded lesson observation report

<b>Former Ofsted FE and skills inspector Phil Hatton was critical of a report from University of Wolverhampton academic Dr Matt O’Leary that raised</b> …

9 Ways to Become More Creative in the Next 10 Minutes

Creativity is developed, not a birthright.<p>Modern culture often labels creativity as natural gift. Artists get showered with praise and proclamations of "you're so <i>talented</i>," but truthfully, talent has little to do with it.<p>Creativity is a skill to be learned, practiced, and developed, just like any …

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Steven Pinker: 10 'grammar rules' it's OK to break (sometimes)

Among the many challenges of writing is dealing with rules of correct usage: whether to worry about split infinitives, fused participles, and the meanings of words such as "fortuitous", "decimate" and "comprise". Supposedly a writer has to choose between two radically different approaches to these …

Chess making kids smarter?

Could teaching chess in schools make our children smarter? For years its been kept in the shadows of British sport, but could chess be on ...

Enhancing your observation cycle: joint event with Dr Matt O’Leary and Joanne Miles

I’m very pleased to be co-presenting a day event with Dr Matt O’Leary on enhancing your observation cycle. Matt will look at research around graded …

RT @ChrisMoyse: Some interesting points made during lesson observation discussion at SLT this week http://t.co/y5jlWLI2b1

Secret Teacher: why are we really put through the pain of Ofsted inspections?

I work in a brilliant school. I am reluctant to use the word outstanding because of the pejorative overtones created by Ofsted. But it is "outstanding" – at least it was at the time of the last inspection. This was some years ago and since then we have changed to an academy. We are a very different …

Newly-qualified teachers to face Ofsted inspections

From Monday, Ofsted will send inspectors to inspect trainees' teaching in the autumn term as they start work as newly-qualified teachers.<p>Previously, Ofsted only inspected trainees in the summer of their training year. But the aim of the new plan is to ensure that new teachers implement what they …

Ofsted inspections with no notice: teachers react

On Monday David Cameron ordered the introduction of snap Ofsted inspections in schools, in response to allegations that a number of schools in Birmingham were under the influence of Islamic extremists. The Department of Education has since criticised the head of Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilshaw, for …

Why teacher observation should be about growth, not "gotcha"

It’s safe to say most teachers (and school leaders for that matter) don’t look forward to observations, and for good reason. Observations are …

Secret Teacher: schools have got lesson observations all wrong

I loathe observations. I hate other people sitting in my room, po-faced and unsmiling, scribbling on their stupid clipboards every time I breathe. I hate watching other people for performance management – the visible strain, the change in atmosphere, the slightly awkward relationship between the …

Stepping away from observational judgements by @TeacherTookit

Reading Time: 8 minutes<p><b>Conundrum:</b> If we are to truly move away from (one-off) lesson observation judgements – particularly, on teachers of individual …

#edchat Conference Session 4: Keeping Our Ideas to Ourselves Lesson Observation

Keep Your Ideas To Yourself?<p>Session Description<p>Researching and analysing a variety of politically based art works to understand why they were made. …

#BeyondLessonGrades by @TeacherToolkit and @LeadingLearner | TeacherToolkit

Reading Time: 3 minutes<p>It may be that 2014 will be seen as a pivotal year in changing how we judge the quality of teaching. The move from grading …

Top tips on tackling in-school and Ofsted lesson observations

How do you feel about lesson observations? Ofsted's recent statement that their inspectors "must not favour a particular teaching style" throws up a number of questions that, last month, we invited you and a panel of education experts to discuss. Here are some pieces of advice on preparing for a …

Lesson Observations Are No Way To Grade Teachers

Teachers teach, so it seems natural to assume that watching them teach is the best way to find out how good they are. But while it may be taken for granted, a growing body of evidence suggests that observing lessons is no way to grade a teacher.<p>Research on both sides of the Atlantic has highlighted …

Teachers, how would you like to be observed? – open thread

If you've been swamped under your lesson plans, exams and marking for too long, you might have missed the current insurgency taking place around lesson observations.<p>Back in March, the thinktank Policy exchange recommended Ofsted abandon its "unreliable and invalid" methods of observing classroom …

Graded lesson observations are a major cause of stress for FE teachers

Further education teachers feel that graded lesson observations are a major cause of stress and anxiety in the profession, according to new research.<p>A significant number of respondents to the survey, commissioned by the University and College Union (UCU), said that graded lesson observations are a …

We must take a bold step to change the use of lesson observations in FE

There is little doubt about what staff working in further education feel about lesson observations. The "snapshot" graded observations aren't seen as a valid or reliable basis for judging the professional capabilities of teachers.<p>I conducted a year-long project looking into the use and impact of …