Setting up a classroom is a lot of responsibility, no matter what year of teaching you are in. Setting up a rubric, being in charge of methodology, and taking care of questions and answers in a satisfactory manner puts many teachers in a routine. Routines aid teachers in having proper classroom structure and time. When teachers settle into a routine it can be easier to get lessons plans done, but it can also mean that classroom time is being spent in the best ways. Here are a few reasons why retired teachers should do classroom observations.
They can recall the best class years
Retired teachers often have many classroom instructional years. In this time they will have learned how to mix instructional methods in order to make sure that the classroom has plenty of instructional hours. During a classroom observation, the retired instructor will be able to observe how much instructional time is being used for group work, single work, study time, and lecture. if a teacher has one of these areas lacking, the retired teacher may be able to provide information on what works best based on their instructional backgrounds.
They can see teacher and student interaction
Though students should pay close attention to teacher instructions, it is important for there to be plenty of interactive learning as well. For teachers, this can be difficult to assess since they will spend the majority of their time teaching. During a classroom observation, a retired teacher can observe and provide feedback on the percentage of interactive learning that they see going on in the classroom. If there is a void in interactive learning, such as only some students speaking up and participating, this can be noted as well.
They can detect boredom or lack of interest
Often, the teacher who performs the observations will fill out a classroom observation form. These will frequently have logistics, such as classroom instruction time, how the lesson plans are conveyed, and more. There can be more to teaching than the logistics. Retired teachers may have tips on how to fight the boredom that some students may have when you are teaching. This can include fixing up lesson plans to include more hands on materials, allowing for more group work time, or having fewer lectures and more learning via electronic means. Being able to identify boredom is something that retired teachers have honed in on and can help cure.