Patterns of observation
Today is the second of the four big ideas. On Friday we will put these ideas together.
Big idea #2
In education we talk a lot about teacher observation. We talk so much about it, that the word doesn’t actually have a clear meaning. Observers can struggle to know exactly what they are looking for, and those being observed become nervous and hesitant.
When we name the patterns of observation, we help bring clarity for both the observer and the observed. I’ve written this as it applies to teachers, but I think it also works for other fields, especially any in which the performance or process is critical to the final product.
There are four types of observations. Each has a different purpose and focus, gathers different information (data), and calls for a different feedback:
If you’d like a copy of these in a more detailed table format, please let me know.
Do good and be well,
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