Published: Sunday, 01 March 2015 15:38
Observing lessons is fraught with difficulty.
At Birkdale, in common with most schools, we ask anyone being interviewed for a teaching job to teach a lesson. At first sight this is an obvious choice, allowing us to spot the best teacher. However, in fact one rarely sees great teaching and instead one is searching for proxies that may indicate that if this person is employed they may indeed be able to teach to a very high standard. The candidate will be nervous, unfamiliar with the school, the classroom, the IT equipment, the expectations of the pupils and their names and personalities; the chances of teaching well under these circumstances are probably nil.
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