Where next for lesson observations: a tentative look to the future

I have wanted to blog on the topic of lesson observations for a while, but for a combination of reasons I have been a little reticent. Like others, I have undergone quite shift in my own attitude towards being observed. I am actually embarrassed to admit that about 18 months ago I even made aContinue reading “Where next for lesson observations: a tentative look to the future”

Lesson observations: what can you really do in 20 minutes?

There seems to common agreement amongst teachers – at least the ones on Twitter I follow and whose blogs I read – that 20 minute lesson observations are not really long enough to properly evaluate teachers’ performance, and that performance rather than progress is all that can be measured of pupils in such a shortContinue reading “Lesson observations: what can you really do in 20 minutes?”

Language Across the Curriculum part II: what are the priorities?

In my last blog I tried to flesh out some of the reasons for many teachers’ lack of confidence with all things language – the ‘elephant in the room’ identified by @englishlulu here: http://wp.me/p2BKE4-3Q. I then tried to suggest how a persuasive argument could be constructed that encourages teachers and support staff to make aContinue reading “Language Across the Curriculum part II: what are the priorities?”

Language Across The Curriculum – Part I: Building the Argument

I’ve just read this very good blog wp.me/p3xVUK-f1 by @englishlulu. It highlights for me what is one of the biggest barriers to raising standards of literacy in our schools: teachers’ own lack of confidence with literacy, or rather ‘language’ as I think it can be more helpfully termed. By standards here I don’t mean betterContinue reading “Language Across The Curriculum – Part I: Building the Argument”