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The Schoolgame, Room 2, Challenge 2 - Peer Observation

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Peer observation

  1. 1. The second challenge in Room 2 is to set up a peer observation process withone of your colleagues.1. Decide who you want the peer observation to be with. This could be someone in your Action Research group or it could be someone from another group, or a person not currently involved in Action Research.1. Arrange to meet the person who you want to observe.1. In the meeting you should discuss what your action research is about and decide together when you are going to observe the other person.2. Observe3. ReflectThe Schoolgame, Room 2, Challenge 2
  2. 2. 1. Who are you going to observe?Think about...• How is the person I want to observe going to help my action research project?• Is the person I want to observe an ‘expert’ in my area of research?• Is the person I want to observe teaching the same or similar levels / ages as me?• Is the person’s timetable going to allow me to observe?• How many times do you want to observe this person? Once for an hour? Three times for 20 minutes over one term? Think about what the best format will be.The Schoolgame, Room 2, Challenge 2
  3. 3. 2. The pre-observation meetingThink about...• How can you demonstrate to this person what your Action Research project is about?• What advice can this person give you?• Do you want them to prepare a lesson with a specific focus?• Are you going to ask them to give you a lesson plan?• What are you going to be doing during the observation? Think about how you want to record your thoughts.• When are you going to meet after the lesson?• Will you want this person to observe one of your classes?The Schoolgame, Room 2, Challenge 2
  4. 4. 3. The ObservationThink about...• Make sure you know exactly what you want to get out of the observation.• Make sure you organise your notes in a way that is going to make them useful to you in your own teaching• While you are observing, write down any questions you might want to ask the teacher afterwards.• Don’t be critical – you are observing to learn.• Don’t spend the whole time writing a lot – remember you are in the classroom to watch the lesson.The Schoolgame, Room 2, Challenge 2
  5. 5. 3. ReflectionThink about...• Make sure you meet with the teacher you observed as soon after the class as possible, ideally straight after the class.• Remember to ask the questions you wrote down during the observation.• Talk about how the the teacher you observed does things differently to you.• Talk through how you could implement some of the techniques/activities/ideas in your own teaching.• After the observation, think about your next class and build in some of the ideas you saw.The Schoolgame, Room 2, Challenge 2
  6. 6. 3. ReflectionThink about...• Write a summary of your observation reflections and post them onto your wiki page.The Schoolgame, Room 2, Challenge 2