I have an observation coming up soon. Observations drained me mentally last year for a variety of reasons.
One of my frustrations was that I was unsure whether to do a solely Spanish lesson or if I needed to muddle the day with English for my evaluator. Now, using TPRS I will undoubtedly do only Spanish. After everything I’ve learned this year between the TPRS workshop and everything I’ve found on Twitter, I don’t know why I would ever water down my classes with English!
Having made this decision, I needed to find a way to help my evaluator effectively do his job even though he doesn’t speak Spanish aside from “Hola.” If you follow my blog, he was the poor soul subjected to repeating the Spanish alphabet – it was comical but not pretty! When I came upon Bryce Hedtrom’s Free Stuff page I was delighted to find he had a Checklist for Observing a FL Classroom. This is what I love about his checklist/observation form:
– my evaluator can assess me without knowing the language
– the form gives the evaluator something to rate the teacher on, but then explains the best practices and ideology of foreign language teaching so they have some idea as to what it should look like
– it’s spontaneous feedback – my evaluator checks a box and he’s done. The standard evaluation takes much more time to type up and last year I didn’t get 2 out of 3 evaluations as they weren’t my evaluator’s top priority.
Above is Bryce Hedstrom’s form but I made some aesthetic changes to it (Bryce states it’s all right to borrow), but I highly encourage you to check out his original document and other resources.