I’ve thought a lot about lesson observation over the past couple of years.
I first started questioning how lessons were judged when I wrote What’s the point of lesson observations? in July 2011, and then in February 2012 I asked Are teacher observations a waste of time? and made the point that observation should focus on students rather than teachers. By the time I wrote Live lesson obs – making lesson observations formative in February 2013 I thought I had the answer. But the following posts dwelt on the continuing problems which appear inherent in lesson observations: