Observations, along with work scrutiny, data analysis and discussions are common practice in colleges. However; observations are a continual source of debate within education. To give prior notice, how much prior notice, length and to grade or not to grade are well-trodden paths. Here at CollegeiP, we recognise their importance as one of the effective means of 'judging' the quality of teaching and learning, identifying staff strengths and areas for development.
The most important aspect of an observation is the quality of feedback afterwards. With a positive focus on professional improvement, observations offer a superb opportunity to empower, inspire, share successful practice and observe different teaching styles. New members of the profession often seem to benefit the most from observations as they are still formulating their own teaching style, but everyone is a learner so everyone can improve with the appropriate support and guidance.
Recording Lesson Observations
Prior to undertaking an observation, we advise for an area or areas of focus to be chosen. There are numerous aspects that can be observed so that observers have clarity of focus on what they are looking for and the feedback can have more impact as it is much more specific. This lends itself well to a coaching culture where skill development is at the heart of the exercise.
In order to gather effective feedback, you are welcome to download our free template.
Have you ever encountered CollegeiP?
Our cloud-based solution CollegeiP is the simplest and most effective way to manage monitoring in colleges. We are proud to support colleges with a wide range of improvement processes including appraisals, professional development, improvement planning and self-assessment.
Recording Observations in CollegeiP
Using CollegeiP means that powerful data is automatically collated which allows trends to be identified. Observations are carried out in real-time on either a tablet or laptop. This removes all paper from the process and improves efficiency. Bespoke forms can be created that are specific to the needs of your college and CollegeiP also supports video observations which can be shared amongst colleagues to demonstrate good practice.
We find that data gathered from observations is very useful for determining professional development needs. Looking across whole college performance will help to identify where improvements can be made. CPD sessions can be arranged for staff where help is required in a given area of expertise.
Getting in Touch
To find more about CollegeiP, call us on 0333 0433 450 (Option 2) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. We would be delighted to tell you more about how our software drives college improvement processes and saves valuable professional time. Alternatively, please click here to arrange a demonstration.
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