Category Archives: Graded lesson observations

Lesson observations – quality assurance or quality improvement?

http://blog.optimus-education.com/lesson-observations-quality-assurance-or-quality-improvement The blog on the link above includes some thoughts on the importance of gaining staff feedback on observation practices and seeing observation as a tool for professional learning and quality improvement as opposed to mere quality assurance. There is … Continue reading

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A beginner writer’s journey to publication

“Reclaiming Lesson Observation” was launched on November 16th 2016 at Birmingham City University and as someone who had contributed a chapter, I was asked to say a little about the process of writing for publication for the first time. The … Continue reading

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Discount Flyer for Reclaiming Lesson Observation edited by Dr Matt O’Leary

I am very pleased to have been a contributor to the new book on lesson observations edited by Dr Matt O’Leary and entitled Reclaiming Lesson Observation – Supporting excellence in teacher learning. https://www.routledge.com/Reclaiming-Lesson-Observation-Supporting-excellence-in-teacher-learning/OLeary/p/book/9781138656604 The book includes a range of perspectives … Continue reading

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Podcast on creating scalable coaching models in schools and colleges

Here below is the link to a recent podcast that I made with Kelly Long from Inspiration 4 Teachers ¬†We are talking about how to create a model for coaching that works well within the constraints of time and budget … Continue reading

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Looking for some training/consultancy for your college or school?

I have put together a summary of the kinds of training and consultancy that I am focusing on during 2016 to support schools and colleges with a sustainable approach to development. There is a big emphasis on follow-up and closing … Continue reading

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The language of professional dialogue in developmental observations

This year I am supporting some FE colleges with the transition from graded to ungraded developmental lesson observations and what a fascinating journey that is! I am watching these colleges develop a new mindset about how to watch classroom practice … Continue reading

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NEW Birmingham Event! Rethinking Lesson Observations with Dr Matt O’Leary and Joanne Miles

I am very excited to be co-presenting with Dr Matt O’Leary at an Optimus Education event in November 2016 on the hot topic of lesson observations. We will focus on the opportunities within observation for professional learning and discuss new … Continue reading

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