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How to Observe: Learning to See, Unlearning to Judge- 30 April 2020 is a Course

How to Observe: Learning to See, Unlearning to Judge- 30 April 2020


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Date and Time 

Thursday 30 April 2020, 9.30 am to 3.30 pm   



This learning event is right for you if you are a leader with responsibility for teacher growth, either within your specific area or across the school    


Classroom observation is one of the essential elements of the Australian Teacher Professional Development Framework allowing teachers to seek and receive feedback about their classroom practice. Research is unequivocal: effective professional practice is benefitted by the collection of evidence that provides the basis for ongoing feedback, reflection and further development.  Classroom observation is an integral part of evidencing teachers’ growth.

Research shows observation of classroom teaching linked to timely and useful feedback that focuses on improvement is a particularly useful tool for teacher development. The effectiveness of classroom observation is improved when the most appropriate strategies for your context are embedded in a professional growth culture.

This program has the greatest impact when two or more leaders from a school can attend together.

‘Observing classroom practice makes teaching and learning more visible.  It encourages collaboration between colleagues and helps improve teacher practice – which is great for student learning.’
– Classroom Observation Strategies, AITSL

Key Takeaways                

·         opportunity to learn and practice the skills of observation

·         examination of different models of classroom observation

·         consideration of the AITSL Classroom Practice Continuum and the supporting resource guide, Looking at Classroom Practice.


Presenter Information  

Aine Maher

Aine Maher is the Director, Education Services for Independent Schools Victoria.  She provides advice and support to schools in the areas of curriculum, teaching and learning and leadership development. Aine works with a team of educators who design and deliver professional learning programs to schools in curriculum planning and design, pedagogy, implementation of Australian Curriculum and the Australian Teacher Performance and Development Framework.

Deb Carmichael

Deb Carmichael has taught mathematics for over 25 years across all secondary year levels and in a variety of contexts. She has held Head of Department roles and Senior Executive roles. Deb is now a Senior Advisor at Independent Schools Victoria, working in The Development Centre. This allows her to use her experience, ideas, current research and passion for mathematics teaching to engage and work with fellow educators.