Useful reading for all those FE and Sixth Form Colleges exploring peer observation models for professional dialogue. Hope to hear from you!
Last week I led a workshop on ‘peer observation’ at the Optimus Education Conference for FE. I was sharing the findings to date from two colleges that I am supporting with their efforts to encourage peer visits/pair sharing; opportunities for teachers to visit a peer’s classroom and reflect on the teaching and learning happening there.
At the workshop I met a group of thoughtful and enthusiastic people who see the value of this process and were keen to foster it in their colleges. What struck me was how few colleges have a dynamic, vigorous culture of consistent peer visiting and that this message is replicated whenever I start work in a new college as a consultant, trainer or coach. It seems to me that many of us would really like to see a colleague’s class and have some reflective space for a dialogue with that peer about the experience. Yet…
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