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Observation during controlled tests

Discussion in 'Computing and ICT' started by johnhammond, Feb 11, 2011.

  1. Hi there
    I'm due to be observed by the local LEA advisory/improvement service and this falls on a lesson when I'm teaching Year 10. They are in the middle of their GCSE Coursework Controlled Test to produce a newsletter and Powerpoint.
    Has anyone got some advice as to how I proceed with this? There isn't a great deal of actual teaching/feedback/assessment involved in these lessons as they come in and get on with their work under exam conditions. If I do a one-off unrelated lesson then doesn't that look a bit suspect?
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated
  2. If the LA is there to advise then I would politely request that they observe a different lesson, stating your reasons. Depending on the level of control required there may be very little interaction between you and the students - and this is as a result of the course structure - nothing to do with your teaching (and possibly not a great deal to do with their learning, but that's an argument for another day). Would they want to come and observe you invigilating an exam?

    Doing a one-off lesson isn't suspect necessarily, if they have to come in that day then make the point that you're going out of your way to make it a worthwhile exercise. I would consider how this might affect the students' flow in terms of their assessment but I don't see a problem with it generally.

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