This is Noga, the Academic Director at Rennert International, giving teachers a few tips on things to keep in mind when they are being observed by their supervisors or coordinators.
Noga: Hi everyone! My name is Noga and I’m the Academic Director here at Rennert International based in New York and what I’d like to talk to you about today is what to do, as a teacher, when you’re being observed by your coordinator or your supervisor. Now, as teachers, we’re always being observed and sometimes it can be a nerve-racking experience to have somebody sitting in your classroom observing you while you teach. And it’s perfectly natural to be nervous when you’re being observed, but what’s really really important to remember is that the observer is there to help you and to help you become a better teacher. This is all part of professional development. Some tips that I have for teachers when they’re being observed, is first try to relax and calm down. The observer, as I said, is always there to help you, not to judge or criticize, and a good observer will never interrupt your lesson. They’ll just sit back and watch. Also, have a complete lesson plan prepared. It’s important to always give a lesson plan to the observer so they know what you are going to be doing in class and the types of activities you’re going to be giving to your students because that helps us in our observation. Another thing to remember when you are being observed is to just slow down, take it easy, and don’t rush. A lot of teachers, especially new teachers, tend to rush through material when they’re being observed because they want the observer to see a lot of different types of activities, and as an observer, we’re not really interested in seeing so many different activities. Instead, we’re interested in seeing activities done well and done thoroughly with the students. Some other things to remember in class when you’re being observed is to always give clear instructions to your students; model activities for your students; ask CCQs; ask comprehension check questions to make sure your students know what they’re doing; and pace your students appropriately. That’s definitely something that I always look for when I’m observing teachers. So, I hope these tips help! Remember—relax; it’s OK; the observer is always there to help you in class. Thank you and good luck!