Friday, 20 February 2015

Observation Notes (20.2.15)

Observed another Year 3 teacher today setting up her reading session.  I had been told that she has a very calm presence, and this was true.  She did not raise her voice and at all times remained at ease. The children were eating their fruit while she was reading (in her words a rather "long story") and some listened intently while other were more interested in their watermelon.  She didn't jump on the people who were clearly not listening because, I assume, she simply wanted them to eat their fruit.

She had some challenging behaviours from some children and she dealt with these by simply telling them to stop that action - this was not always successful however.

What she had in were some strategies to reduce the chances of misbehaviour:

  • a taped out area within which they should sit.
  • clear responsibilities for some children (handing out fruit/sanitising hands).
My room will be taped out today :)


  1. Kia ora Toby

    Firstly can I start by saying you're doing a great job :)

    I'm so glad you are spending time in other people's rooms I think its THE absolute best professional development seeing others in action. I've picked up on so many ideas just from observing others. I still use a strategy learned 16 years ago from one of my associate teachers while on practicum (do they still call it that?).

    Let us know how the taping strategy goes and if that doesn't work maybe tape them to the chair (Yes that is a joke even though I've been tempted many times)

    Well done you!

  2. Thanks Janine! I have this brilliant image of 27 7 year olds taped to chairs shuffling and bouncing around room 14.

  3. It's great to have the opportunity to see a class from the outside isn't it!
    I learn something every time I get to observe other teachers at work.
    Hope your tape is strong!