Monday, July 30, 2007
Tomorrow I'll be observing a fellow teacher's class as part of the annual review meetings teaching staff at our school are required to have. Each teacher is to find a way of having a way of observing themselves through another's eyes, whether a teacher observer, a videoed class observed or evaluation by student or parent surveys. I will be joining Michael in his Year 9 Religious Education class. He has asked me to observe and comment on his technique in oral instruction, details of explanations, voice clarity, and ability to engage students in questions and answers. I will have to write up a report that Michael can then use in his annual interview with the principal. Later Michael will join me in one of my classes. All I can say is I'm glad he didn't come into any of my classes today. I tried to set up blogs with my Year 11 class and it was not good. The system was so slow that most students could not get their blogs set up and there was a class of 27 disappointed students. Luckily, I did have plan B. Hopefully my attempts to engage students with technology tomorrow will not be so disappointing. Some of my Year 12 class recorded some diary entries written in the voice of the main character of the novel they are studying. I hope I'll be able to make them into a podcast tonight.