There are so many things we look forward to about turning 18 but I had one very clear and urgent objective, which was getting my driver’s license. I associated it with freedom and discovery. The funny thing is, I didn’t know much about cars and nothing at all about how to manage one. I realized that the minute I sat in the driver’s seat for my first class. I had passed the theoretical part of the test with flying colours, but of course the books and the roads were completely different worlds. It turned out to be a greater challenge than I had anticipated and yet I learnt a lot about some very helpful tools for any learning process.
The only people that experience more lessons than teachers are the students themselves, and as such, they are knowledgeable about a variety of teaching methodologies and techniques. With such a resource available, why don’t observers make greater use of their experiences when crafting feedback to those observed? This plenary will question the existing orthodoxy surrounding lesson observations and suggest possible ways to integrate those who are most affected by teacher behaviour: the students.
I realized quite early in my life that I learn languages by myself much more effectively than at school and so I started learning a new language every two years up to a comfortable B2 level. I am better at learning with every new language because of the experience I have gained from the previous languages. Let me share some of my best insights with you in this plenary.