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How to observe: learning to see, unlearning to judge is a Course

How to observe: learning to see, unlearning to judge

Starts Aug 9, 2020

$670 Enroll

Full course description

Date and time 

Monday 10 August 2020, 9.30 am to 3.30 pm   


Independent Schools Victoria, 40 Rosslyn Street, West Melbourne


Independent Schools Victoria, 40 Rosslyn Street, West Melbourne


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  

Deb Carmichael

Deb Carmichael has worked in Independent Schools for over 25 years as a teacher, department head and in senior executive roles. During this time she was involved in a number of projects including professional learning models, classroom observation, student leadership and curriculum development. Deb is now a Senior Advisor at Independent Schools Victoria, working in The Development Centre. This allows her to use her experience, ideas, understanding of current research and passion for teaching and learning to engage with fellow educators.