Lesson observation is one of the most stressful experiences a teacher can go through. And yet when done well, it can be an exceptional and supportive learning experience for all teachers, whether novice or veteran. This workshop explores what can make lesson observation so challenging for teachers and provides supervisors with the skills to make lesson accurate, fair, and non-threatening. We will also discuss different types of post-observation follow-up and learn how to conduct coaching conversations to help teachers improve.
Session 1: Effective Lesson Observation
- Why conduct lesson observations?
- The challenges of lesson observation for teachers.
- The challenges of lesson observation for supervisors.
- Tools for descriptive observation.
This session will include discussions for participants to share their professional experiences, some direct instruction from the facilitator, and opportunities to practice observing lessons.
Session 2: Lesson Observation Follow-up
- Review of Session 1.
- Observing remote lessons.
- Making sense of an observation.
- Types of lesson observation follow-up.
- Feedback conversations.
- Mid-module feedback for the facilitator.
This session will include the chance to reflect on the professional experiences of the group, some direct instruction from the facilitator, a chance to reflect on your current feedback practices, and an opportunity to practice feedback conversations. Finally, continuing on the theme of feedback, participants will submit some feedback to help the facilitator improve the module.
Session 3: Coaching
- Review of Session 2.
- Practice: Observing and giving feedback on a remote lesson.
- The support spectrum.
- Introduction to coaching.
In this session participants will get to practice the skills learned in the first two sessions, before learning about the difference between mentoring and coaching. They will get to see, discuss, and analyse a coaching conversation.
Session 4: How to coach
- Review of Session 3.
- The steps of a coaching conversation.
- The key to coaching questions.
- When not to coach.
- Coaching practice.
- Module overview.
- Workshop feedback.
In this session we will uncover the steps of a coaching conversation and learn about some critical coaching skills. We will also practice coaching and learn about when coaching is not a useful approach to supporting teachers. We will end the session with an overview of the module, and some time for participants to give feedback.
By the end of the program, the participants will be able to:
· Recognise and reduce the difficulties teachers and supervisors experience with lesson observation.
· Carry out accurate, non-threatening lesson observations.
· Conduct effective post-observation conversations.
· Coach teachers to improve their reflective capacity and strengthen their teaching.
(Inclusive of 18% GST)
Participants will receive a Certificate on completion of the course and evaluation.