July 17th. It’s 10:28 p.m. and I’m enjoying some ME time before heading to bed. My iPad rings: I have just received an email… Guess what? I’ll be observed in 2018-2019.
First, I must admit, I read the email at least 3 times before I realised I was one of the « lucky » observed teacher! Then I smiled: which administrator works on July 17th at 10:28pm and sends emails like that? Nobody! The email must have been scheduled! And why choose this date and that time? #EdNatMystery
Then, because such an email wouldn’t let me go to sleep as early as I had planned, I started jotting down some ideas and prepared a mindmap.
I started listing what I think – these are pure speculations since I’m nowhere near being an inspector #nope – my inspector would like to see when observing my class:
- autonomous students
- task-based activities
- oral tasks (mix that with autonomous and you’re rocking it!)
- authentic documents
- a cultural question that really fits in the institutional themes
- differentiated activities
My own tips
Then I paused for a while and wondered what I wanted to show him ( or her?), what makes me, ME.
- some literature based unit
- some ICT tools
- a bit of innovative pedagogy
After all, as one of my close friends said after she ROCKED her observation: our inspectors want to see interesting things, something that catches their attention, something that they rarely see! It must be sooooo boring to observe the same class with the same document (I’m sure they do know Bob Ferguson’s experiences by heart!).
Some traps to avoid
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying to do on that specific day something that you would never ever do weren’t you observed! That would be soooo risky! But what do YOU do with your students that makes you different from any teacher? Do you have a craze for games? videos? books? SHOW who you are! Once every 7 years, for 55 minutes is what you get to actually show what you do everyday! BE UNIQUE!
So, IMHO, here are the big no-nos:
- do something completely new
- use someone else’s ideas
- change your students’s habits too brutally
Let’s do it!
Join me on my Facebook page! A few live videos will be held in August. One of them will be about this observation! And I’ll open a collaborative board for all of us to share ideas! After all: we’re in this together! Let’s rock this observation together!