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2-008 Course
Observing and Giving Feedback
Learning time
This self-paced course is approximately 3 hours of learning time.
Who is this for?
Early years leaders and mentors wanting to develop skills in how to observe and give feedback to colleagues.
skill level
This course is suitable for intermediate to experienced leaders.
Mentors often report that undertaking observations of teaching practice and giving effective feedback are the aspects of a mentor’s work they find most challenging.

  • What do I look at?
  • What do I look for?
  • How can I provide feedback in a way that doesn’t get a defensive reaction?
  • What do I do if the teacher doesn’t make the required changes?

This course will explore these questions and more, providing useful frameworks and principles on which to base your observations of practice, feedback and conversations that support teachers’ on-going inquiry.

This course includes;

  • Videos exploring each of the modules in depth.
  • Recommended reading.
  • Resources to help you develop observation and feedback skills.
This course is for you if;
  • You are in a position in your ECE service where you need to give feedback to others to support their learning and growth.
  • You want to know how to give feedback that won't create a defensive reaction.
  • You want to learn how to observe, what to look for and how to document this effectively.
  • You want to support other teachers in their learning and growth, and you know that giving valuable feedback is an important part of this process.
  • You are responsible for contributing to teachers' professional growth cycles and appraisals. 

Created by Barbara Watson 
NZ $75

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About the course creator

Barbara Watson
Barbara's whole Phd focus was on mentoring and she has now spent many years teaching others how to be a successful mentor. She has mentored and guided hundreds of teachers and leaders in ECE, so she understands the challenges and complexities of leading in the sector. The team at ECE Learning Unlimited and InspirED ECE have a combined experience in ECE of over thirty years. We are mentors, managers and leaders ourselves and we know how it feels to wear all the hats at once in ECE. We have a long background in teaching, ECE center ownership and management, lecturing, mentoring and professional learning guidance and support. And we are ready to support your journey through this guided internal evaluation using Te Ara Poutama.

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