Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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Self Check Techniques

Observe Your Students

One technique you can use to examine your teaching is to observe your students. This is something you undoubtedly do every day in the course of teaching, but to do it scientifically, you should choose something specific to look for. For example, you might observe how your students interact in groups, which could give you insight into the quality and effectiveness of group learning in your classroom.

Tips for observing your students:

  • Have with you a clipboard or notepad so you can keep track of what you observe.
  • One way to record the amount and direction of student interactions is to draw a diagram of the students in the group and use arrows or lines to represent their interaction.

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