Under a watchful eye

Early in your career, you will be observed frequently, so experienced teacher Omar Akbar has some tips to help you come out of the lesson with a smile on your face

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You receive an email. You rush to check your timetable. You look at your scheme of work to find out what topic you will be teaching. You become preoccupied and begin talking to people about pedagogy, literacy, numeracy. You may even begin to doubt your own teaching ability.

This can mean only one thing: you are about to have a lesson observation.

Some schools have scrapped formal observations, preferring to judge teaching by the evidence in books, tests and casual drop-ins to lessons. But most teachers still work in schools where observations occur, though these should no longer be graded.

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