Hope everybody is having a nice evening! Needed a bit of a rant really. Had a maths observation today, my first in over a year, first at a new school and the first I've done from somebody else's planning. Lesson went okay, but for various reasons the observers (HT) weren't happy with it. I accept a lot of what they said, but the part that's annoyed me is that they criticised the activity that was planned. I mean, firstly, I didn't plan the bloody thing. More to the point though, I don't like the reason for criticism - there was the issue bought up of that the activity was largely just collecting data and that the children weren't really learning anything in that time. Yeah, fine, that's true. But they got so much more out of actually doing that activity rather than if I'd just given it to them on a piece of paper as a written activity. But no, they should be learning and progressing at every moment. As a result, being re-observed next week and our Head of Phase is going to go through the planning with myself and my co-teacher to improve it. I'm looking forward to the opportunity to give what I feel would be a fair example of my normal teaching (because I feel that I'm generally a 'good' teacher), but annoyed that I have to do it. Out of interest, what do others in multi-form entry schools/where planning is shared do? Do you use somebody else's planning for an observation (with annotations, obviously), or write your own plan? I don't particularly want to be in teaching any more and things like this are only serving to hammer home that point. What is the point of learning if you can't have some fun with it?