This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?
1. Be as detailed as possible. Give me hard facts – not opinions. Instead of writing “The teacher is speaking a lot. The students don’t speak!” write down exactly how many times each person in the class is speaking. Instead of writing “The teacher spent the entire class playing games!” write down exactly what time each activity started and stopped. Always be as detailed as possible. Telling me that “The teacher wasn’t prepared well for class” doesn’t help me at all. That could mean so many things. 2. Do not participate in the class. Sometimes observers get too excited and answer questions or help students. Don’t. You want the teachers to be natural so that we can get a good idea of how they normally teach classes. If you tell teachers to prepare a special class for your observation then we still don’t know what a non-special class is like. 3. Don’t assume anything. Don’t guess at lesson goals. Don’t tell the teacher that the students should be speaking more. Today they may be working on their listening skills or their reading or grammar or vocabulary. You don’t know. 4. Remember that observations are for the teachers. They should help the teachers. Don’t argue with teachers. Don’t criticize teachers. What is important isn’t that they were wrong or that you are right – it’s that the teachers recognize their mistakes and improve. Whenever possible let me talk to them. 5. Do not get emotional. None of our teachers are intentionally doing a bad job. Everyone is trying hard. Don’t get upset or angry at how teachers do things. The teachers are probably doing the best they can – just like you. 6. Feedback can wait. Write everything down and say “Thank you” and leave the class. Don’t talk to the teacher during the class or during the break. They won’t be listening to you. It’s better to get detailed notes for us to discuss during our Monday meetings.
Remember that your main goal is to gather information. Give me as much information as possible. What time did the class start? What time did different activities start and stop? Who was talking the most? Who was talking the least? This is super useful information. Thanks, Renato