2. True lesson observation
With more pupils sitting in desks facing the front and waiting for teacher instructions, the presence of other adults in the room is even more apparent – meaning that observed lessons become less ‘true to life’ than pre-pandemic. This ‘Hawthorne Effect’ (the impact of observers on any interaction can be reduced by using remote footage. Creating a culture of trust where teachers will share their lessons in order to learn from others is an even more powerful way of driving improvement in the classroom. And with ONVU Learning’s Lessonvu, 360-degree footage can be captured – allowing teachers to see how students are reacting in lessons and reflecting on what they could do differently.
3. Evidence-informed teacher professional development
‘Traditional’ professional development in many schools consisted of teachers sitting in the school hall with a visiting expert delivering ‘one-size-fits-all’ ideas. With this not available in the pandemic, schools have moved to smaller groups, sharing real life examples of best (and not-so-good) practice from lessons and looking to make improvements over time. This fits well with research into what makes good CPD.
4. Remote video parent communication
Finally, it seems clear that many schools are seeing the benefit of flexible video appointments for parent communication as well. Surveys by TeacherTapp and ParentPing found that only 29% of teachers and 24% of parents wanted to go back to fully face-to-face parent evenings!