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Ridiculous comments given at lesson observations

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by Jolly_Roger1, Feb 2, 2016.

  1. ATfan

    ATfan Star commenter

    That’s right, Rosie. After all, it’s about jumping through hoops, don’t you know!

    NB. I’m writing tongue in cheek.
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  2. ATfan

    ATfan Star commenter

    *Sniggers at the observer’s ridiculous interpretation of the KCSIE policy and HSE laws*
    Lara mfl 05 and agathamorse like this.
  3. MJDavis

    MJDavis New commenter

    One '360 degree feedback session' (sorry, I mean the bit after the observation where the observer tells you what they saw you doing), my Head of Department said, "I see you've written the date in the whiteboard in red. The the title, however, was in black. Do you think it's possible that these little in consistencies are undermining your relationship with the class?" I threw ny head back and roared with laughter. He did not find it funny. I could not stop laughing. "Honestly", I said, "If that's all I have to do then we might as well end the meeting now and get on eith some actual work.

    Wherever yoi go in life, there will always be some c#nt of SLT trying to justify whatever the f!#k it is they are paid to do.
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  4. topquark

    topquark New commenter

    Non-specialist lesson observer: why didn’t you do a flipped lesson?

    Topquark: Because I last taught this group three and a half weeks ago and I had no idea I was going to be observed at that point.

    NSLO: I did not understand what the starter had to do with the objectives of the lesson and neither did the boy on the back row either.

    Topquark: the starter involved recapping the calculation of mechanical power output and electrical power input. I also added in a Kahoot on power so that I could assess how well the students had understood this.

    NSLO: I did not understand what the starter had to do with the objectives of the lesson and neither did the boy on the back row either.

    Topquark: The lesson concerned the calculation of specific heat capacity which is calculated from the electrical energy input. The electrical energy input can be calculated from the power output of the heating apparatus used by the students – luckily all groups managed to make this connection and come up with a good SHP figure.

    NSLO: I did not understand what the starter had to do with the objectives of the lesson and neither did the boy on the back row either.
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  5. hhhh

    hhhh Star commenter

    They're not. They don't teach; they just make it difficult for others to do so effectively.
    steely1, fluffyowl, BetterNow and 8 others like this.
  6. Educ84Math

    Educ84Math New commenter

    Wherever yoi go in life, there will always be some c#nt of SLT trying to justify whatever the f!#k it is they are paid to do.[/QUOTE]

    I (as a class teacher) inadvertently got my own back on a member of SLT. As a member of the Observation Working Group, we each had to observe 3 teachers and feedback to the group, although one of them I was due to observe was absent; due to the staff shortages, a member of SLT covered the class, I turned up and he said, 'no, you're not observing me !' - I explained to him the situation and he reluctantly agreed (I told him I wouldn't fill out any forms, but I still had to report each observation back to the group :p). My HOD couldn't contain his laughter when I told him. Fortunately for him, it was a decent lesson (in his former life as a classroom teacher, he was well-known as a good teacher). Still, good to get one over on the educational lords...
  7. Educ84Math

    Educ84Math New commenter

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  8. bugsysmum

    bugsysmum New commenter

    I had one today and was asked if the child in question knew that I knew he had been off and missed the input from the previous sessions. When I said yes, she asked,m how did he know so I pointed out I had said to the child, ' X I know you weren't here for the last two lessons so you missed the input. I will run through it with as soon as I have got the rest of the class working.'
  9. colacao17

    colacao17 Senior commenter

    To be fair, there's no guarantee said child was listening and taking things in.Maybe you should have written it down in his exercise book (but I'm not quite sure what colour pen you're supposed to use for that kind of comment).
  10. ridleyrumpus

    ridleyrumpus Star commenter

  11. thetapdancingteach

    thetapdancingteach New commenter

    I'm an NQT, and in a recent observation lesson I was teaching poetry to year 10. It was our second lesson on the same poem, and they were really struggling with it.
    I was told afterwards that it was great that I had broken the tasks down for them to make sure everyone understood, but she had serious concerns about my teaching ability because the tasks seemed too simple for a year 10 class (they're set 5) and we should have been able to cover the whole poem in one lesson, not two. Also, I should have made time for them to complete a (45 minute) essay question in class rather than setting it as homework.
  12. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

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  13. jscarter

    jscarter New commenter

    Head teacher pulled me up on agreeing with a 7 yo that an estimate was a really good guess...
    She was the same HT that told assembly there was no gravity on the moon.
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  14. rosievoice

    rosievoice Star commenter

    Oh dear. :-(
  15. tashpink

    tashpink New commenter

    In a job interview for a permanent role at the school I'd been in on a fixed-term contract:

    "Your teaching wasn't up to the standard of some of the other candidates," nine days after two family members were killed in a fire. Thanks.

    I am no longer a teacher, partly because of the way that school treated me, and I am blissfully happy.
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  16. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    What are you doing now?
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  17. tashpink

    tashpink New commenter

    I took a pastoral/ admin role at the local university. I have a permanent contract, work a nine- day fortnight, and my managers trust me to do my job well. It's heavenly!
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  18. rosievoice

    rosievoice Star commenter

    Well done, tashpink.
  19. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    Well done! I hope it works out for you. Good luck in your new career.
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  20. Piscean1

    Piscean1 Senior commenter

    A friend's lesson on dinosaurs...

    "It was a nice lesson but real photographs would have really added something to it."

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