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    I always felt that observing a teacher was my weakest area and am looking to get better, in particular spotting how teachers support learning.
    When you observe a lesson and make notes, what do you look for specifically?. This can be wether you are a PGCE student, QT or an applicant observing for the first time. Any tips?
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    Taken from here: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki...onal_Statement
    • Behaviour management;
    • Teaching styles, including ways to answer questions;
    • Teacher-student interactions;
    • Differentiation/special educational needs and EAL (English as an Additional Language), including groupings (mixed ability vs. set, individual vs. paired vs. group work);
    • Assessment and recording;
    • Resources (including displays);
    • Planning;
    • Transitions/routines: e.g. how does the teacher get the students in and out of the class, issue equipment to them, change activity. Procedures for smooth running of the class;
    • Lesson objectives and success criteria, including how they are told to the students. How plenaries are used;
    • Deployment of additional adults (and the teacher);
    • Cross-curricular links/creative curriculum/EYFS (more relevant for primary);
    • Talk to pupils, look at how engaged they are.
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