However much reading you do about teaching and however much planning you do for individual lessons, most teachers would agree that everything changes once you reach the classroom. That’s why trainee and newly qualified teachers spend a lot of time watching experienced colleagues – reflecting on how they lead different parts of a lesson and how they interact with students. And of course, even when you’ve been teaching for many years you can nearly always pick something up new from a lesson observation!
But this process is going to be very difficult in the ‘new normal’ of the Covid pandemic. Teachers and students are in ‘bubbles’ of different types and even teachers working at a school full time may be unable to watch lessons in person outside of their bubble. Those on training programmes will find it especially difficult to get real opportunities to see lessons in person, much less be able to walk around a room and see what students are doing in response to new learning opportunities.
The most practical solution is to use video technology that enables video-based observation. But rather than just using this to replace traditional observation, it can also provide opportunities to develop teachers even further through pre- and post- lesson dialogue.
The School of the Future Guide is aimed at helping school leaders and teachers make informed choices when designing the learning environments of the future using existing and upcoming technologies, as they seek to prepare children for the rest of the 21st century – the result is a more efficient and competitive school.