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Learning Walks (Observations by any other name)

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by coldmetal, Sep 17, 2017.

  1. EmanuelShadrack

    EmanuelShadrack Star commenter

    Now don't be silly. Cats have a perfectly workable understanding of quantum theory. Schrodinger's was a legendary pioneer, and I have yet to see a cat fail a quantum mechanics exam.

    Having said this, they're very poor at disseminating science to the general public, preferring instead to sit in boxes. They're often seen as aloof and arrogant for this reason.
  2. Eflmeister

    Eflmeister Occasional commenter

    Yes I was wondering the same thing. Most bizarre.
  3. Pomza

    Pomza Star commenter

    Remember @mikecom, just because you're paranoid, don't mean we're not after you...

    You need to chill mate. Bust out the hobnobs and listen to some exciting down-with-the-kids grime anthems. Bet you got some of those big headphones they like right? Why not, invite Big Rog round too?
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  4. Pomza

    Pomza Star commenter

  5. coldmetal

    coldmetal Occasional commenter

    yeah... doggy biscuits
  6. coldmetal

    coldmetal Occasional commenter

    I was learning walked for the second time on Friday... I was told my feedback. I am now told the learning walker will do a repeat walk and all the things wrong I need to show evidence of planning for improvement. These (they say) are meant to be supportive. I received no support I am just told I'll be observed again on Tuesday. This makes me miserable and mounts huge pressure upon me and the others that it's happening to.
  7. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    Lol, that's so dumb it's unbelievable.

    Point them to the work on observation by Prof Rob Coe and others and tell them to jog on and come back with an apology when they've read it and understand it.
  8. coldmetal

    coldmetal Occasional commenter

    My apologies I haven't read Prof Rob Coe, but I will... Could you summarise the particular aspect of Rob Coe's work that you are referencing? I'd appreciate it
  9. coldmetal

    coldmetal Occasional commenter

  10. Laphroig

    Laphroig Lead commenter

    Ok, @mikecom, why aren't you planning and marking on a Sunday like real teachers? Or enjoying a tasty Sunday roast? Or a walk in the country? Or whatever? You spend a lot of time on here complaining and stressing out. It's not good for you.
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  11. Alldone

    Alldone Senior commenter

    Only 7 separate threads by @mikecom today. Looks like his job isn't too bad! I didn't think he would last this long. Is 7 different threads by one person in a day a TES record. If so, well done @mikecom .
  12. Flanks

    Flanks Senior commenter

    I'm sure the amount of time he spends whining... Err I mean seeking advice... on here, in no way impacts his teaching or attitude at work to the extent that he is repeatedly observed teaching...
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  13. cazzmusic1

    cazzmusic1 New commenter

    Hello @mikecom

    I understand how you're feeling.

    If you've a chance to look at the UCU site, you'll see that several years ago they commissioned research on the mis-use of lesson observations, including learning walks, in the performance management process. The research findings helped to develop UCU policy and methods to resist unannounced observations.

    The FE colleges that I've worked for that have been able to resist the introduction of learning walks are those with active union branches whose members who are willing to take action collectively, just as other posters on here have suggested.

    Would the other union members in your college be willing to make a collective complaint?

    Last edited: Oct 15, 2017
  14. ilovesooty

    ilovesooty Star commenter

    It's a long way off being a record...
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