Why Is Observation Important? 3 Big Reasons

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Student teachers often ask “Why is observation important?”

Well for starters it’s the only way for student teachers to truly know how they’re doing. But there’s so much more to it than that.

3 big reasons why teaching observations are vital
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Observations are important because they’re the connecting point between supervisors and their pre-service teachers. This is the time for the student teacher to show off their skills, figure out how they’re doing, and get that valuable one-on-one time with a mentor. All of these benefits factor into the three biggest reasons why observations are so important:

1. Formative Assessment

Especially for new teachers, it can be incredibly difficult to know how well they teach. Some might think they have teaching in the bag while others think they have a very long way to go for success. And both camps of students are often wrong in their own self-assessments.

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