Last term staff filmed themselves teaching, noting the key areas they were happy with and those they wanted to further develop next year. This approach to observation filled some with dread however discussions with everyone suggest that most teachers got something out of the experience and found it a powerful tool for reflection.
All staff set up cameras in their classrooms and filmed a lesson of their choosing. They then watched the results in the comfort of their own homes (most with a large glass of wine!) and completed a pro forma which was then used as the starting point for a discussion with their phase leader. The observations were revealing to staff and the initial thoughts of many were similar e.g. ‘Do I really sound like that?’ ‘Don’t I say err a lot!’
A common revelation was the ‘over teaching’ staff felt they were doing. The amount of time spent ‘delivering’ to the whole class in relation to the amount of time the children spent ‘on task’ engaged in their own learning rather than listening to the teacher. This is an area many have decided to focus on following the observations.
The filming of lessons can be daunting for staff but ultimately the process proved to be very powerful and one worth using again.