…our topic for today (boyz n’ girlz) is…
…but this is the Madonna-free, PG-rated version – the version that will ensure I steer well-clear from any complaints from some obscure “internet trading and advertising organisation” (or worse – more “hate mail”)!
As I had been banging about classroom observation (the recent series on “Misfires” and “Advice for Observers”), I just had to sign up! Problem was…I found meself on a high-speed train (from Eskişehir) at exactly the same time. As good as the wonders of a 3G iPad might be, tweet I could not!
A couple of tweets did manage to get through:
Now, you can imagine how I was feeling – someone who loves to “talk” as much as I does, someone who has so much to “say” about classroom observation (and how we seem to screw it up – again, and again, and again)! I felt a bit like a kid who had been grounded and sent up to his room during his favourite TV show…but could hear snippets of the show’s dialogue upstairs in his room (this actually happened to me quite a lot when I was a kid – missed so many episodes of the “Six Million Dollar Man” you just would not believe it)…
Marisa Constantinides (aka @Marisa_C) to the rescue!
Marisa and I had chatted before the session and I’d said “I’ll be there”!
Famous last words…
She knew how upset I was that I missed the twitter shin-dig and asked if I’d like to “get my voice back” by doing a podcast with her ELTchat partner-in-crime, James Taylor (aka @theteacherjames).
Yeah, it was like mum n’ dad had forgiven me…and let me downstairs to see Steve Austin (and, from time-to-time, Jaime Sommers…and Maximillion – the bionic dog, too) “save” the day (in actual fact, this hardly ever happened when I was a kid…my mum and dad never backed down)!
Me and @theteacherjames had to overcome a few challenges – schedules, unplanned “flying visits”…and bloody Skype (even when you have to sell a kidney every month to get the type of internet connection that, so they tell you, would even make God herself jealous)!
…@theteacherjames was a wonderful “first” for me! He was kind and considerate – getting me all comfortable by chatting about football and the woes of actually setting up and editing podcasts. I couldn’t have asked for a better “podcast Jedi master”…
Pretty soon we were on fire…he used a lot of the questions raised during the #eltchat twitter session (you can find the full transcript of the discussion – HERE).
I found that I relaxed pretty quickly and we ended up chatting for over an hour.
I’m guessing you’ll have to make up your own minds as to whether what we said to eachother makes sense or not (CLICK HERE – to listen to the edited version the podcast) – James tells me that he’ll get up the full unedited version up (the ‘R’ rated version) very soon so watch his spot (and maybe play around with PodOmatic itself!
I think Marisa, James and all the other #eltchatterers would love to hear what you think (go on, add a comment or three to this post)!
In the original discussion, a lot of the participants shared a wide range of resources on classroom observation:
- Teacher Observations as a Positive Experience (by Chris Cotter)
- Teacher Observation: Could you benefit from self-observation? (by Richard Whiteside)
- Teacher Observation and Formative Feedback (set of videos)
- Some Observations on Observation (by Dave Dodgson)
- Learning Walks (discussion string on TES)
- Performance Management of Teachers (by Vic Richards)
- On Being an Observer (by Chris Ożóg)
- What quantum mechanics can teach us about lesson observations (by Chris Wilson & “Schroedinger’s Cat”)
- A Personal Misfire as an Observee and Personal Misfires as an Observer (by Mike Griffin)
OK – I cheated (just a tweeny-weeny bit)! These last two were not mentioned in the original chat – but they should’ve been…and would’ve been if I hadn’t been on a stupid “hızlı tren”…
These are also some of the musings I have thrown up on allthingslearning over the past couple of months – the weekend is coming up and you might fancy a bit of “bedtime reading” this weekend:
- CLASSROOM OBSERVATION – What Works, What Matters?
- Getting Classroom Observation “RIGHT”…
- The Secret Diaries of Observees – Two Teachers Reflect…
- What do GREAT Classroom Observers “Know” – and, what do they do with what they know?
Oh, yes…and there was the “mega-series” (that went on almost as long as Dallas or Friends):
- Why do we still have so many MISFIRES with classroom observation? (Pt 01)
- Why do we still have so many MISFIRES with classroom observation? (Pt 02)
- Why do we still have so many MISFIRES with classroom observation? (Pt 03)
- Why do we still have so many MISFIRES with classroom observation? (Pt 04)
- Why do we still have so many MISFIRES with classroom observation? (Pt 05)
- Why do we still have so many MISFIRES with classroom observation? (Pt 06)
…there was MORE:
- Personal MISFIRES with Classroom Observation (…NOT Part 07) – this is also the “lead-in” to Mike’s posts..
- How to REALLY avoid MISFIRES with Feedback Sessions (…NOT Part 08)
Now, looking back at all of this stuff – not so sure, am I – that it represents “Best Practice” in Classroom Observation…(this is why my second title works so much better)…
But, hey…if it gives you a couple of ideas for “Next Practice” in your context – maybe that’s not too shabby!
…Marisa, James (and Mike)…