Why we scrapped lesson observations
A change in longheld practices at Nicky Pear’s school saw monitored evaluations replaced with a more accurate, collaborative support system that shares and develops skills between teachers
Excitement ripples through the staff room. There are big smiles and attentive stares. Usually, the Monday afternoon staff meeting is a tough crowd. But not today. For once, it seems that I won’t need to worry about securing buy-in for the new initiative I have just announced: we’re getting rid of formal lesson observations. And the whole team already seems to be on board.
Why would we do such a thing? Surely, observations are an essential part of facilitating professional development and keeping track of learning and teaching? Not necessarily. Our senior leadership team (SLT) recently took ...