January is Peer Observation Month at d’Overbroeck’s. This is when our teachers get to sit in on other teachers’ lessons and learn a few things from each other (and probably from our students too).
Entirely voluntarily, we ask teachers to open their lessons to observation and to observe as many of their colleagues as possible. This may mean a Geography teacher observing how another Geography teacher runs their class or a Maths teacher picking up tips from a History lesson. As there are three parts to d’Overbroeck’s (Years 7-11, the International School and the Sixth Form), a teacher in the Sixth Form may choose to observe a Year 10 lesson to get more of an insight into how the students who will be in front of them in a couple of years’ time are being taught now.
Some teachers opt to ‘buddy up’ – observing a colleague’s class and then being observed by them in return and sharing feedback with each other. We also encourage teachers to observe a class in another subject, just for the pure interest in that subject!
Teachers will be sharing their feedback with each other and we will report back at the end of the month to see what they’ve learned…