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Peer Observation


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The advantages of peer observation in schools

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Peer Observation

  1. 1. Peer Observations 20th February 2009
  2. 2. TÍTOL <ul><li>Inseriu el text </li></ul>
  3. 3. A critical friend <ul><li>Who is a critical friend? </li></ul>
  4. 4. What? What?
  5. 5. What is peer observation? <ul><li>Peer observation is a method of gaining feedback to improve your teaching skills. </li></ul><ul><li>You and a colleague discuss your teaching and what you feel you may need some help in developing, then you take turns in sitting in on one of each other's teaching sessions. </li></ul><ul><li>Afterwards, your colleague can provide some feedback on what went well in the session and where there may be room for improvements, including in any areas where you specifically requested feedback. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Advantages of peer observations
  7. 7. Advantages of peer observations Why?
  8. 8. Advantages of peer observations <ul><li>What do teachers say? </li></ul>
  9. 9. What did the teachers say? <ul><li>“ Peers can be the sternest critics.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ It keeps you on your toes.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I didn’t realise how much I would learn from it.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ It increases self-esteem.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ It helps me know how to observe a class correctly.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ There has to be a clear focus.” </li></ul>
  10. 10. Advantages of peer observation? <ul><li>New teachers gain reassurance from receiving positive feedback from a peer or mentor. </li></ul><ul><li>Positive feedback gives them the confidence to try novel methods . </li></ul><ul><li>Observing and offering advice benefits not only the one being observed but also the one observing . </li></ul><ul><li>It’s a non-judgemental and open forum. </li></ul>
  11. 12. Possible problems <ul><li>Any observation of a lesson is going to involve judgements about what has been seen. </li></ul><ul><li>A friend’s comments are unlikely to be objective. </li></ul>
  12. 13. How?
  13. 14. 3 stage process <ul><li>1.Planning (briefing) </li></ul><ul><li>2.Observation </li></ul><ul><li>3.Debriefing(feedback ) </li></ul>
  14. 15. Stage 1. Peer briefing <ul><li>What the teacher expects the observer to do. </li></ul><ul><li>What the teacher hopes to achieve. </li></ul><ul><li>A clear objective. </li></ul>
  15. 16. Stage 2. The Observation <ul><li>Level </li></ul><ul><li>Clarity </li></ul><ul><li>Handouts </li></ul><ul><li>Audio-visual aids </li></ul><ul><li>Pace and timing </li></ul><ul><li>Interaction </li></ul><ul><li>Innovation </li></ul>
  16. 17. Stage 3. Giving feedback <ul><li>Be realistic </li></ul><ul><li>Be specific </li></ul><ul><li>Be sensitive </li></ul><ul><li>Be non-judgmental </li></ul><ul><li>Balance postive and negative </li></ul>
  17. 18. Stage 3. Receiving feedback <ul><li>Be explicit </li></ul><ul><li>Be aware </li></ul><ul><li>Listen </li></ul><ul><li>Ask for clarification </li></ul>
  18. 19. TÍTOL <ul><li>Inseriu el text </li></ul>Who?
  19. 20. Who? <ul><li>US </li></ul>
  20. 21. TÍTOL <ul><li>Inseriu el text </li></ul>When?
  21. 22. When? <ul><li>Now </li></ul><ul><li>This year </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing </li></ul>
  22. 23. TÍTOL <ul><li>Inseriu el text </li></ul>Where?
  23. 24. Where? <ul><li>Casa Convalescència </li></ul><ul><li>In-company </li></ul><ul><li>Escola de Turisme </li></ul>
  24. 25. Peer Classroom Observation