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How to move on after a bad lesson observation.

Discussion in 'Secondary' started by Doodsmisses, Nov 24, 2017.

  1. Doodsmisses

    Doodsmisses New commenter

    Good evening, so had my first unsatisfactory lesson observation of my ten year career today. Previously I've only been graded good or better. I became a new HOD in January and since then I have begun to crumble under the pressure. I'm a DT specialist and since January my two year 11 all male classes switched courses twice due to the technical awards been unapproved
    I spent most of the summer planning for these only to have the classes switched to 3d art. I'm planning all my lessons to keep one step ahead of the students. I got observed with my year 7s who I have missed the last few previous lessons with as they have had supply dye to myself running year 11 drop down days. The class was unmotivated and very hard to control. The principal said in my feedback it was the worst behaviour he had seen around the school and that it was inexcusable to make excuses for a unacceptable lesson, when I tried to explain the context of the lesson. How do I move on from been observed as unacceptable...
  2. JohnJCazorla

    JohnJCazorla Star commenter

    To pass the buck back to the school, "Doesn't the Appraisal policy give the answer to your question?". eg) shouldn't you be observed again and then you can produce a good one?

    Most likely you are (correctly) worried about being supported, in the most malicious sense of the word. That could be paranoia and depends on the answer to these:
    1. Is SLT kind and understanding?
    2. Does the MAT/School have a policy of shunting out the more expensive ones?
    3. Does anyone care about Art in the school?
    4. Is it you or nobody?
    Don't attempt to answer the above questions here. All the best whatever you decide.

    You've got to know when to walk away,
    Know when to run.
    Kenny Rogers - The Gambler
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  3. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    Sorry to read this. It sounds as if you've been given the run around from a range of sources while working your socks off to try to keep the department going.
    The bottom line is whether the school appreciate all the work you've been doing, whether they're going to give you support with the year 7 behaviour. (Sometimes year 7 who have just found their feet can be the hardest behaviours to manage, big and hormonal enough to be stroppy without the social-emotional intelligence to respond to you.), and whether they want to support you or whether they are just going to undermine you.

    I would take the criticism on teh chin, even if it's unjust and start to demand some support (like proper planning, timetabling and staffing)
    Good luck.
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  4. briancant

    briancant Occasional commenter

    If the principal said 'it was the worst behaviour he had seen around the school' he is exaggerating and being deliberately destructive. If year 7 misbehave with the principal in the room perhaps there is a bigger problem. Surely observations and feedback should be constructive and supportive. This principal seems to be neither. I would ignore him until he says something constructive and probably look for another job.

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