The invisible nature of teaching well
Many of the elements of great teaching are invisible to the naked eye. It comprises of the tiny adjustments we make in the classroom, there and then, in response to events as they unfold. These decisions are based on a combination of professional knowledge and experience.
As our experience grows, the ability to make these decisions subconsciously grow as well; the human brain excels at doing familiar things without thinking about them. Other decisions are deliberate and calculated but are done so in a split second and that decision may make little sense to an outside observer.
Great feedback, differentiation and behaviour management are great because they are woven seamlessly into the lesson. They are great, in part, because they don’t draw attention to themselves. The problem comes when this invisible teaching becomes warped by a desire to make it visible to outside observers…
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