So simple, it doesn’t seem worth doing. So potent, it’s a must. How can checklists improve teaching?

Improving Teaching

Why are observations often better than ‘normal’ lessons?

The cynic may argue that teachers are good at covering themselves in front of their managers and ensuring they get their performance-related bonus.  Perhaps this is true, but in my experience there’s another force at work.  I start thinking about observed lessons a day or two earlier than others.  In the run up to the lesson, I keep turning the lesson over in my mind, working out where the flaws are, which bits matter most, what elements are missing.  I don’t do anything substantially different, I don’t give it much extra time, I just mentally test the lesson a little further.  As a consequence, I catch the gaps which sometimes emerge in ‘day-to-day’ teaching.

How can I make all my lessons as good as my best?

This process of checking and testing, if it is a cause of better teaching, should then, be applicable to all…

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