To evaluate a teaching session
To evaluate a teaching session with particular reference to the appropriate application of subject knowledge.
Evidence and reflection
1. Plan to teach a session involving some new learning. In doing so, consider: what you want pupils to learn; what knowledge you need in order to support their learning; and what classroom activities are most appropriate. Having thought about the possibilities be prepared to respond to pupil input.
2. Obtain some sort of record of what happens. For instance, you could set up a video, make an audio recording or ask a colleague to observe you. In the case of the latter, try to get your colleague to make detailed notes on what is said by both you and the children.
3. Teach the session.
4. Analyse what happened under headings of the three key evaluative questions:
- Did pupils learn what was expected, and why?
- How did teacher knowledge support learning?
- How did pupil and teacher activities facilitate learning?
Discuss your findings with a colleague and consider the consequences of what you have learned.