Aston University Engineering Academy explores a more learner-centric approach to classroom observation

David Chapman, Head of School of Aston University Engineering Academy (AUEA) suggests its time to rethink lesson observations.



When using video technology from ONVU Learning to record lessons, teachers can decide whether to watch the recording alone or with a colleague in order to see whether any changes need to be made in order to make the lessons more effective.



AUEA advises teachers to look out for ‘small tells,’ such as a student’s body language, to determine if the lesson is pitched too high or too low, or if a student nearby is an unintentional influence. This will help them figure out what is working in class and for whom.



AUEA also believed that shifting the emphasis away from teaching practice and towards student learning behaviours is more beneficial.



The outcome of this strategy is that teachers feel more appreciated and valued as a result of taking charge of their own professional growth, while also enhancing student outcomes.