In just 6 days I am going to start the DELTA course at UCL. I’ll be studying part time, alongside my current roles teaching English at my college, examining for IELTS, writing and working on the ESOL Nexus project for the British Council. Up until the end of June, my Tuesday and Thursday evenings (and some Saturdays) will be taken up with the endeavour of looking at language and learning and hopefully developing myself a lot. I’m excited, and more than a little bit nervous.
One of the strands in the DELTA (I don’t know exactly which module it is) focuses on looking at your own practice and pushing yourself to see where you need to improve and develop. This could be mediated by a teacher’s own practice, reading and experimenting, but a recommendation (and requirement) is to observe other teachers, relating what they do in class to your own practice.
I remember there being an eltchat in the recent past on the topic of observations and how these might be made more useful and less stressful. I’m not sure, but I think one suggestion was to carry out more peer observations (note – I think the summary was written by Diarmuid Fogarty, @imadruid, but the blog on which it appeared was deleted).
So on to the point of this post: a request and an offer.
Could I come into your classroom and see you in action? Would you like to observe a lesson I teach?
I am serious about this, so if you are interested, leave a comment below with your email and we’ll take it from there.
Spammers need not apply =)
*** UPDATE ***
I did write this post on the bus, so I think I should have been clearer as to what I’m on about for the immediate future, so some criteria:
The above request and offer is first of all intended to teachers based in London, in particular those teaching ESOL or EFL. I think any further afield and it’s going to become too expensive a proposition. Having said that, both Deniz and Amelie’s comments make me wonder if this isn’t something that could be built in to conferences and training days, or something you can set up in your local area as a sort of observation exchange programme.