Professional Practices Series – “Peer Observation”
Thank you very much for reading and responding to our first article published in the October 2015 issue! For November issue, we have included an article by Kevin Thomson on Peer Observation. This article contains some vocabulary items related to peer observation, useful phrases that teachers can use before/during peer observation and activity for organizing peer observation.
Developing professional skills is very much challenging in a country like Nepal where we lack adequate ideas and resources to support ourselves. But as the proverb goes –where there is a will, there is a way- teachers can develop an association with other like-minded professionals and collaborate to learn from each together. By doing so, they can help each other develop their teaching skills.
Peer observation is based on the idea that every teacher has some unique ideas to deal with different situations and topic areas and there is something to learn from every one. Peer observation is beneficial for both teachers (teaching and observing) because they can gain insight and provide feedback by having discussion about the activities carried out by one of the teachers. As peer observation does not include merely being in another teacher’s class; the observer teacher should also provide some feedback or suggestions for improvement. This ultimately benefits both of them.
We hope that this article encourages you to collaborate with a teacher in your locality to learn and help him/her learn English language teaching skills.
Please do not forget to respond to the British Council about your use of the ideas to the address mentioned at the end of the article under the heading “Over to you”. Doing so, you can get a chance to win a free seat on British Council’s teacher training workshop – Fundamentals of Teaching.
Click on it : Peer observation by Kevin Thomson
Laxmi Prasad Ojha