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How to get outstanding for a lesson observation???

Discussion in 'Computing and ICT' started by monkey246, May 31, 2008.

  1. I had lseeon observation and the feedback was "good with potential to be outstanding". The reason it was not higher is that I showed students how to do a particular skill - we then worked through it as a group - students then tried on own they then had to incorporate skill into own work. The lesson was classed as instructional so could not be higher than good.

    What could I have done differently to get outstanding??

    Any ideas or comments would be appreciated. I did ask for feedback but because observer was not ICT specialist they did not have an answer for me.
  2. If they weren't ICT specialist, how are they qualified to comment on the ICT component of the lesson? Surely they should be able to give you a list of criteria on which you will be judged, and should be capable of assessing you against each of the criteria. Or have I misunderstood the concept of being observed?
  3. ake

    ake New commenter

    First of all you need to look at the criteria for an outstanding lesson which build on a 'good' lesson. In a 'good' lesson key points include..

    - The work is well matched to the full range of learners? needs, so that most are suitably challenged.
    - Assessment of learners?work is regular, consistent and promotes progress

    The criteria for oustanding builds on this and states 'exemplary in significant elements, as shown by the significant progress made by all of the learners.'

    Key points that come from this are

    - how did you differentiate in this lesson (even if you were teaching a 'set')
    - how did your formative assessment in the lesson identify pupils who were making more/less progress and how did you cater for this (links back to differentiation)

    You *do* need to be 'instructional' in ICT lessons but if you taught the same skill to the class and then differentiated by outcome rather than showing some groups additional skills/asking them more challenging questions (perhaps encouraging them to do some independent research) and giving additional support to those making less progress then 'outstanding' will be out of reach.

    The fact that the person giving you feedback was not an ICT teacher is not really the issue. The quality of the feedback was not 'oustanding' either. Subject specific pedagogy is rarely an issue when making judgements about lessons.

    Quality of LEARNING i.e. are all pupils making more progress than you would expect is the key difference between a good and an oustanding lesson.

    Don't get too hung up on an individual lesson grading. I'm sure that when you've read what I've written above you will recognise that you *do* teaching oustanding lessons.

    My qualifications for this...? I'm a Deputy Head (who observes about 25-30 lessons a year) who is an ICT teacher. Last time I was observed by HMI (2 years ago) my lesson was graded as good with some outstanding features. When I asked the HMI what I could do to make it oustanding she was not able to provide any advice. I know how you feel!

  4. tosha82

    tosha82 New commenter

    In reality , you should be graded as satisfactory or un-satisfactory. Forget the gradings genrally ******.

  5. Penny10p

    Penny10p Occasional commenter

    If I was given "good with potential to be outstanding" I would be pleased but I can see that it must be frustrating if you feel you have done everything you could have but don't get the credit for it.
    When I was doing my PGCE my tutor made a big thing about ICT is not simply teaching practical skills. You have to develop higher level thinking skills or some such nonsense. This was also reiterated by LEA advisors and seems to be what your feedback was getting at. Perhaps once the bright kids had grasped the skill, probably quite early in the lesson, there wasn't much scope for them to learn more?
    To be honest I don't see how you can differentiate in ICT so that you challenge and extend all levels of ability in a class. Especially if there is just one of you to 28 kids!
  6. Many thanks for your responses. It is good to know that if I now concnetrate on higher level thnking skills and independent learning I will be moving in the right direction.
  7. tosha82

    tosha82 New commenter

    I would not get too hung up on the grading. Your results at the end of the year are far more important.
  8. madcat

    madcat Occasional commenter

    I do worry about this fixation with lesson observation grades - particularly 'outstanding'.
    Lets face it any old fool can put on a showpiece 'outstanding' lesson.

    You proabably teach a few hundred lessons in a year, what matters is the quality of them.

    If they are all up to the standard of your observed lesson then well done. But if you had to spend a lot of extra time on preparation etc for this, then I do think that you may have to set your sights elsewhere.

  9. No the lesson was the same as I teach day in day out. Was just looking to see if others have managed to get an outstanding or any further advice to do on top of what I already do.

    The reason being is that I am in my 1st year at a new school - I took over from someone who regluarly got unsatisfactory/satisfactory for their lessons so expectations on me are quite high.

    And I agree that the results in August will hoepfully speak for themselves but in this day of performance management we also have to be seen to doing our jobs well in the classroom.
  10. DEmsley

    DEmsley New commenter

    #4 - NO, I completely disagree with you on this tosha82: Your LESSON should be graded not you.
  11. tosha82

    tosha82 New commenter

    well I meant the lesson, but your line manager has to grade you as either satisfactory or unsatisfactory.
  12. Request the same observer to give you 'an outstanding' demo lesson.
  13. staxis

    staxis New commenter

    Who cares about outstanding? I really don't see the point in grading lessons unless they are unacceptable. They key question that I would expect the observer to help with is how the lesson could be improved.
  14. tonyuk

    tonyuk Occasional commenter

    Very old post but now irrelevant as lesson gradings are going!

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