How can I develop my identity as a teacher? How does engaging in research benefit my own teaching practice? Becoming a successful teacher in secondary education requires a strong understanding of a wide range of professional teaching issues, including practical concerns such as curriculum development and learning through observation in the classroom, alongside key conceptual aspects such as critical reflection and understanding the nature of learning. This book addresses these issues alongside a range of additional important contemporary topics in secondary education. Highlighting the importance for student teachers to enhance their development by engaging with research, Professional Issues in Secondary Teaching is designed to support professional studies modules on secondary initial teacher education including postgraduate and employment-based routes into teaching, and early career teachers seeking to enhance their practice. Carrie Mercier is Senior Lecturer at the University of Cumbria. Carey Philpott is currently an Associate Dean in the School of Education, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Strathclyde. Helen Scott is the Deputy Dean for Student Experience in the School of Education at the University of Northampton.

Chapter 3: Is there more to Lesson Observation than Meets the Eye? What can you Learn from Watching others Teach?

Is there more to Lesson Observation than Meets the Eye? What can you Learn from Watching others Teach?

Is there more to lesson observation than meets the eye? what can you learn from watching others teach?
Helen Scott

By the end of the chapter you should be able to:

  • understand why observation of others can be a source of valuable professional development and understand what can (and can't) be learnt from watching your more experienced colleagues at work;
  • consider models and methods for observing others from a range of perspectives, in the context of your own development as a teacher;
  • learn from research approaches to observation and apply these to your observation of others.

This chapter aims to help you consider what you can learn from watching others teach and ...

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