Appendix 2

The following resources are extracts from the Teaching Practice Supervisors’ Toolkit.

Recognising a good lesson

As a Teaching Practice Supervisor, one of your key roles is to identify the good and not so good features of a lesson.

The list of questions below will help you to check the main characteristics of what makes a good lesson.

Recognising a good lesson

  1. Does the lesson stimulate and interest the pupils?
  2. Is it appropriate to the age and grade of the pupils?
  3. Does the student teacher have a good knowledge of the subject matter?
  4. Is the lesson plan and presentation flexible?
  5. Are there opportunities for active learning? e.g. questions and answers, debates, role play, discussion, dramatisation, song and dance, experimentation etc.
  6. Is there dialogue between the pupils and the student teacher? (not just closed questions with ‘right’ answers?) Does the student teacher listen to the pupils’ ideas?
  7. Are instructional materials appropriate? If so, are they used well?
  8. Is a range of learning styles used in the lesson? (e.g. visual, kinaesthetic, oral – to engage different pupils)
  9. Does the lesson involve all the pupils? Or are some pupils not encouraged to participate?
  10. Is the class organised effectively? How well is the class managed and controlled?
  11. Does the student teacher have clear strategies for evaluating the achievement of objectives? e.g. practice, demonstrative, tests, questions and answers etc.

Appendix 1: The Effective Secondary Science Teacher

Teaching Practice Supervisor Observation Form