Monday, July 18, 2011

Day 11 - Teaching Like You'll Be Observed

Q: What do you think about the phrase: "Always teach like you are going to be observed"?

A: For me, this phrase cuts both ways across my philosophy about learning and instruction.

  • I think that this phrase can have a positive value. If I am going to be observed, I would most likely heighten my focus on what and how I am guiding my students towards learning with that particular lesson. My focus on student attention and interaction might be more detailed than usual. I would most likely be more involved in all the aspects of how that lesson will be taught and possible pitfalls along the way.

  • On the other hand, this phrase could also carry some negative connotations. If I feel the pressure to teach like I am always under observation, I might decide to not attempt any new or original methods of learning. Depending on my relationship with my administrator, I could easily shy away from guiding my students in methods that deviate from "traditional" instruction.

Overall, I can imagine that depending on the people involved and the culture in which the learning takes place, the above phrase could have vastly different effects on an educator's actions.

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