Contents – Useful Stuff & Links

There are 3 main sections for the contents

  1.   Tips, short articles, feedback language, and funnies!
  2.    Observation tasks for groups and individual feedback – copiable 
  3.   Copiable handouts for setting up observations 
Assessing & Improving Open Class Feedback How-to Article  Article looks at some of the issues new teachers have with open class task feedback and ways the lesson can be improved. 
It ain’t a game!

 

Tips Repackaging games for better learner feedback 
Elicitation Vs. Guess What I am Thinking! How-to Article Helping teachers to elicit from context and identifying the issues when they don’t draw fully on the context
Active Listening Skills for ESL Manager How-to Article Active listening is a key management skill which, allows you to build positive, more collaborative working relationships with all stakeholders, resolve conflict more easily, increase goodwill.
When observed lessons go wrong How-to Article Approaches and tips for assessing when things ‘go wrong’ in a lesson
How to improve trainee instructions Tips Tips for creating more effective task instructions
How to Set up Peer Observations Tips Considerations before launching a peer observation program
Teacher Talk Feedback Ideas Observer feedback Commentary Suggestions
Why Reduce High Teacher Talk? Tips Ideas for why teacher talk is often negative and tips the observer can give the teacher
Lesson Plan Funnies

 

Some of the funny comments that have come up over the years
Creating the best mindset for lesson observation Article How to create the best mindset for lesson observation
Observation tasks
Ranking skills Copiable Hand out A ranking task for observation, particularly for good for peer and group observations
Guess what I am thinking. Copiable Hand out Group feedback task
Spot the Difference Copiable Hand out Individual or group feedback task based on tutor reteach
Secret Feedback Copiable Hand out Group feedback task
Sensory group task Copiable Hand out This feedback task works best in a group feedback setting.  It’s a little off the wall but can be great fun very illuminating too.
Useful Handouts
Reflective Feedback Handout Copiable Hand out The teacher’s self-reflection sheet is completed after teaching and before the feedback.

 

Sample formal lesson observation summary sheet Copiable Hand out Sample formal lesson observation summary sheet
Assessing the Lesson Quick Checklist Copiable Hand out The checklist helps you to cover all bases when assessing the lesson

 

Assessing the lesson plan – a quick checklist Copiable Hand out An invaluable tool for checking that the plan is complete, balanced and likely to be successful in practice

 

Setting up an Observed Lesson Checklist Copiable Hand out The free checklist helps you to cover all bases for a full and formal lesson observation.

 

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