Lessons from all of our new members of teaching staff (myself included!) are being observed as a mark of quality assurance. Observing a lesson is a two-way process that benefits not only the ‘observee’ (who receives quality feedback), but also the ‘observer’ (who benefits from seeing inspirational teachers in action).
A recent lesson observation with Mr Cowen, Teacher of Geography, struck a chord with me. 8 weeks into a busy term, Mr Cowen was delivering an energetic lesson on the topic of earthquakes. Students were both academically challenged by the lesson’s content and engaged by simulation drills of ‘drop, cover, hold’ with Japanese earthquake alarms. Two thoughts ran through my mind as the earthquake alarm reverberated throughout the classroom:
- Is HCMC on a fault line? Will I need to ‘drop, cover, hold’ due to an apocalyptic earthquake? (Fortunately, the answer is no).
- Our new members of teaching staff have undergone an incredible professional and personal journey over the past few months. They aren’t ‘dropping, covering or holding’ in the final days of a busy half-term, despite having moved countries, changed jobs, found a new home and settled into new routines.
A hearty ‘well done’ and ‘thank you’ to all of our new members of staff. Your journeys have been arduous over the past weeks, yet your commitment to our students has not waivered. No SOS needed here, nor ‘drop, cover, hold’. Instead, ‘cool, calm, collected’ and a total focus on what matters – our students and their learning.
Lee Falconer, Assistant Head Teacher, An Phu Secondary