Lesson Observations

Transform your lesson observations

Lesson observation is key to all of the highest impact professional learning activities. Including:

  • Objective self-reflection
  • Coaching
  • Mentoring
  • Peer observation

Effective lesson observations should empower teachers and fuel a culture of trust where rapid improvements in the quality of teaching and learning can occur. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case.

“The limitations of in-person observations have at last been overcome. Observations can take place at anytime, at the convenience of colleagues and without the drawbacks of an in-class presence.” – Kathy Griffiths, Headteacher, Bishop Justus CofE School

3 ways video can improve your lesson observations

Video is a powerful tool for enabling a more supportive and developmental approach to lesson observation. Video helps you to:

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Make time 

Film lessons and share with others so they can then review and provide feedback in their own time. All without having to arrange lesson cover for in-class lesson observations.

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Take ownership

Observe and reflect on the teaching and learning in your own lessons. Feel in control with the option to share video clips with peers and request feedback and support when you need it.

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Improve feedback

Focus feedback on real events, not recollection with the option to pause, rewind and re-watch. Focus dialogue, give context to feedback and see improvements over time.

Take a look at the video tools you can use to improve your lesson observations >

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“In my role as coach and mentor, IRIS Connect has been the most useful and powerful tool for improving teaching and learning quickly.” – Lisa Middleton, Assistant Headteacher, Oak Hill Academy


Could you improve your lesson observations?

Download your free practical guide to lesson observation to:

  • Transform your lesson observations
  • Identify areas for improvement
  • Learn how to make observations as effective as possible


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