I like this TP class peer-observation trainees do: pretend you’re one of the learners. Pay attention to this person’s experience during this lesson. Take note of:
‘Lightbulb moments’ when you understood something
Moments of confusion where you clearly missed or misunderstood something
Bright moments when you smiled laughed or somehow expressed happiness during the lesson
Experiences of some negative affect. What seemed to be the cause? How did it condition your learning experience, etc.?
^ that kind of thing.
In TPFB, I’ll have the trainees who taught sit at the front, and the trainees ‘in character’ sit in the same spots the students just were.
The trainee teacher can ask specific or general questions to their ‘students’, who report their experiences.
One trainee has this wonderful way of doing this – she’ll tell the teacher something she learned or understood, why…and then she’ll say, totally in character: “…so, I just wanted to say thank you so much for that!”.
Totally channelling the gratitude of the learner! It’s just…really cool.
See you tomorrow, Diary. 🙂