[quote=“Buttercup”]Well, it depends. It can be helpful, and in an ideal world it would help teachers develop[/quote]As I said, I’ve been lucky. Other people I know have been criticised for silly stuff such as being a minute or two off the timing given in the lesson plan. But in Shane, the Aussie guy we were talking about gave me some excellent feedback. I was a pretty crap teacher when I came here, but he helped me get to “adequate” level at least. And I’ve had a couple of good observations since then. Even if the person observing can only point out something quite small such as a distracting mannerism you have that you weren’t aware of, that can still be helpful. I guess they’re not supposed to point out that kind of stuff in the UK though. It would probably be seen as too personal.
[quote=“Buttercup”]Furthermore, a ‘good’ observation means very little, when push comes to shove, because managers know how little is involved[/quote]Well, surely the only really helpful kind of observation is one where they find something you can improve (and where it actually helps you improve)?
[quote]‘Foundation IELTS’ (Chinese kids who couldn’t read).[/quote]
[quote]‘The Mongolians looked angry… is there any way you could have handled that better?’[/quote]
By the way, I reckon I took the original thread off-topic, so I’ve split these last few posts off. The new title will make it easier for what will no doubt be hordes of people wanting to discuss lesson prep time and observations here.