Ive just had my first (ever!) proper observation by our new head and been graded a satisfactory. Im in my second year of teaching and did have my NQT year observations but they were more informal chats than proper gradings, and i have never been graded on this scale before. It was only a introduction to a lesson she observed, not a whole lesson, and i was graded satisfactory. I have a tricky class behaviour wise, mixed Y1/2 so a huge range of abilities, and a newish boy with severe ADHD. I also had no support. I did what i thought was a good, interactive activity, all children participated and were on task, and i felt confident at the end that it had gone well. My feedback was mostly positive, a couple of development points related to pace of lesson which makes sense as it took them ages to get whiteboards and pens out (incidentally, any tips for doing this quickly with KS1?!), but i must admit im a little disheartened because i was graded satisfactory overall. The highlighted statements for each lesson grade were not specifically related to my target points. I had a few highlighted in 'good' but did not have the statement to do with management of TA highlighted (How can I when i didnt have one?) I also didnt get a statement about subject knowledge highlighted - except it was a basic grammatical concept in KS1 and my subject knowledge of it is sound seeing as its only aimed at 6 year olds, so im not sure quite how good they wanted it to be? Another one was to do with not providing enough verbal feedback for next steps. I would have done this during the main part of the lesson etc but she only watched the first 20 minutes of my lesson so i was still assessing by observation/questioning. I kept their whiteboards, deliberately asking them not to rub them clean so i could assess later. Every other teacher in the school got good or outstanding so i just feel a little down on myself - especially as i felt it went well and am not really any the wiser as to what to do to improve! Any advice, or practical interpretations of my 'unhighlighted areas' would really be appreciated - i want to be the best i can be and the term 'satisfactory' does not fill me with much pride!