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How to show outstanding behaviour to an inspector

Written by Paul Dix

The inspector or observer who grades your lesson will make a decision about the standard of your teaching in the opening minutes. Of course, no inspector worth her Armani suit would admit to such a thing – grading judgements are arrived at once all the evidence has been collated, at the end of the observation, with careful deliberation…blah, blah, blah. To judge quickly is human, naturaland instinctive. When you have just 30 minutes for an observation, it’s also essential.

Being observed requires a teacher to sustain an apparently serene performance, even if they are silently imploring the gods to stop Ryan from kicking off. Observers and inspectors change the dynamic in the room. They change the behaviour of the children; don’t let them change yours. An outstanding behaviour performance requires you to play many roles and characters with different motivations. Fromquizzical disappointment (“This is not like you! Did you really pour paint into the computer / wash the iPad in the sink / give Chelsea an uninvited haircut?”) to assertive certainty (“Your mother would not like that”) to faux empathy (“Yes, it was a special rubber, and now it has gone. Poor rubber.”).

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