Lecturer: Mat Plews, Humboldt University
In this workshop, participants will explore the advantages and disadvantages of classroom observation and address the question of how such observations can best benefit all those involved in the process.
Following group brainstorming tasks on the above areas, participants will be given an overview of how the Language Centre of Humboldt University (Berlin) uses classroom observations as part of the teacher-training process during the annual Max Weber Fellows Teaching Practice Week. During their visit, the Fellows (all postdocs from the EUI Florence) participate in a programme which involves them in teaching the same lesson twice to different (discipline-specific) groups. For each lesson, the Fellows are observed and provided with feedback from Language Centre teachers, other Max Weber Fellows, as well as the students. Prior to and following each lesson, Fellows are also involved in self-reflection phases.
Workshop participants will be asked to critically assess the above model in terms of its pros and cons and to offer suggestions as to how it can be improved in order for all involved to gain from the process. It is hoped that this workshop will encourage a sharing of ideas on the topic of classroom observation, enabling both the Masaryk Uni and Humboldt Uni Language Centres to pool our ideas productively.
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