This is a growing collection of observation tasks that may help teachers focus on some key Demand-High issues.
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Each task contains a brief explanation of what it is focusing on. There is also a description of what might be seen in a typical contemporary classroom compared with a Demand-High “tweak”.
Teachers: Use these as the spark for a peer observation or for reviewing your own lessons that you have recorded on video.
Trainers: Use these to talk through with pre-service trainees or in-service teachers. Set an observation task and then compare notes when they report back.
Observation Task 1: Does the task obscure the learning?
- Does the teacher end up doing an activity for its own sake, losing sight of the purpose, and missing the learning opportunities it throws up i.e. does the task (or its instructions, set-up, structure, point-scoring, checking etc) obscure the learning that is supposed to arise from the task?
Observation Task 2: Learner involvement in answering the teacher’s questions: Tracking the question pathway
- Does the teacher tend to close down questions almost as soon as they have been asked? If not, how does the teacher extend the answering to explore learning?
Observation Task 3: Learner involvement in answering the teacher’s questions: Teacher strategies
- How involved are a wide range of learners in answering each individual question from the teacher?
Observation Task 4: Self-observation: Learning to see Learning
- Can you see some of the learning movements that are happening during a lesson that you teach?