I know I’ve written about this before, but evaluations will always happen, and veteran teachers and newbies alike can find something helpful if they look closely enough.
This is an interesting, and useful article for ESL teachers all over the world. I came across it on my Facebook newsfeed. Teacher observations can be nerve wrecking, but it doesn’t have to be! Whether you have a CELTA, DELTA, or other qualification, nobody likes being put under the spotlight! No matter how prepared you might be, there’s always that nagging feeling, a sense of doubt creeping in, a fear that something will go wrong (Murphy’s Law anyone?)
Well this article spells it out quite well, BE PREPARED!
Here are four quick and easy tips to remember for any observation day:
- Do some breathing exercises. A brain without enough oxygen is not going to be much good to you when you need to be alert and going full steam ahead!
- When it’s time to start, just take a deep breath and smile!
- Walk into the class room confidently and dive straight into your lesson plan.
- Smile to your students, look at them in the eye and let the moment sweep you away!
- Forget your tutor in the corner and concentrate on communicating with your students and listen to what they say. Before you know it, it will be over!