What is the aim of lesson observation? Systems different in every college - number, length, focus, type, choice of observer Ofsted grades: 1 Outstanding 2 Good 3 Requires improvement 4 Inadequate Assessing quality of teaching “grade descriptors” best fit NOT a checklist NQTs are experienced observers! What have you seen that is “outstanding”? What have you seen that is “requiring improvement”? Read the lesson observation write-ups and decide on a grade – make sure you can justify the grade awarded What are your “top tips” for lesson observation Be prepared for observers to talk to learners & check class/home work Attendance & punctuality Students should be working harder than the teacher! Observers will be thinking about attainment Individual needs Learning & assessing/checking of learning - questioning technique, making appropriate interventions. No trial runs/repeats! Does the lesson engage, challenge and motivate learners? Does the teacher/subject matter foster curiosity and enthusiasm? Be aware of how you are helping to develop reading, writing, communication and maths skills – correct common and subject specific words Make explicit the “skills for progression” students are developing e.g. creating independent learners.