Lesson observation

Zvonda

Senior Member
Czech Republic, Czech
Hello everybody,
I am looking for a word in English which could be used to describe when a teacher (or some methodology specialist) observes another teacher´s lesson to check if the lesson is taught well and gives the observed teacher feedback afterwards. It is mostly used to improve the standard of lessons especially at language or private schools but sometimes teacher trainees also observe a lesson to see how it should be done.
Could it be "lesson observation" (or supervision or monitoring) or class observation or even teacher observation?
 
  • ewie

    Senior Member
    English English
    Hello Zvonda. I'm pretty sure that when I trained to be a teacher (admittedly that was in 1994) it was just called observation:

    These people will be observing the class today;
    Do you have any feedback on today's observation?
    etc.
     

    Zvonda

    Senior Member
    Czech Republic, Czech
    Thanks a lot. Still, I am translating a text and I have a feeling somehow that in the present context it may be a bit unclear what observation refers to. Can you check?

    "Monthly tests, term tests and final audits give us continous information about the state of the course and its effectivity.
    Lesson observation performed by a methodology specialist helps to improve the lesson structure and its content."


     

    RCA86

    Senior Member
    UK
    British English
    Use 'efficacy' instead of 'effectivity'. I agree that observation works, though could possibly use 'evaluation' instead if you're not happy with observation.
     

    Zvonda

    Senior Member
    Czech Republic, Czech
    I was just going for efficiency but if you suggest efficacy, I will use that one. Thanks.
     

    Nunty

    Modified
    Hebrew-US English (bilingual)
    In my very brief spell at student teaching, both me observing experienced teachers and a professor or proctor observing me were referred to as "observations". This was in California, probably somewhere between 1978 or -9 and 1983.
     

    mathman

    Senior Member
    English-American/New England
    In my very brief spell at student teaching, both me observing experienced teachers and a professor or proctor observing me were referred to as "observations". This was in California, probably somewhere between 1978 or -9 and 1983.
    At my college, I am responsible for training high school teachers of mathematics. When I watch them student teach, it is just called an "observation," so the vocabulary would seem to not have changed.
     
    Hello everybody,
    I am looking for a word in English which could be used to describe when a teacher (or some methodology specialist) observes another teacher´s lesson to check if the lesson is taught well and gives the observed teacher feedback afterwards.

    Zvonda is asking about qualified teacher appraisal and not training of student teachers.

    I stick with my earlier answer.

    Rover
     

    kitenok

    Senior Member
    From my own experience as a teacher, and just based on semantics, I agree with those who favor observation or classroom observation.

    If Zvonda were to use evaluation or appraisal in the context s/he gave in post 4, the sentence would be "Evaluation/appraisal performed by a methodology specialist helps to improve the lesson structure and its content." This would tell us nothing about the method used to produce the evaluation or appraisal, which is really the essential information (in post 1, Zvonda is clearly asking for something that refers to the process of classroom observation). Evaluation might be the result of observation, or of reviewing lesson plans and teaching materials, interviewing the teacher's students and colleagues, etc.

    An "evaluation" might also be delivered straight to the teacher's superior - it does not necessarily presume feedback given to the instructor. In my experience, what is called "observation" does presume this.
     
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