Commentary on #ukfechat forum discussion on graded lesson observations – 28th February 2014

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Commentary on #ukfechat forum discussion on graded lesson observations – 28th February 2014

As I lay recuperating in my sick bed last night, I decided to ‘observe’ from afar as a vibrant community of FE Twitter folk debated the #ukfechat topic of the week: ‘Observations: Is it time to ditch the grade?’ As someone who has been actively researching, talking and writing about the topic of observations for the last decade both in the UK and abroad, I was tempted to get involved but my sinusitis persuaded me otherwise that it was best to remain on the peripheries of the discussion as an ‘insider looking in’, if you know what I mean!

As all those working in FE and indeed schools will know, lesson observation is a hotly debated topic. The fact that there was such a lively and diverse debate on last night’s forum should therefore come as…

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