5 Questions to Ask Yourself as You Prepare for Observation Lessons


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Does the thought of being observed by your admin make you panic a little bit? I think it’s safe to say most teachers don’t love observations. They cause extra stress and nervousness no matter how amazing of a teacher you are. If you’re dreading an upcoming observation, don’t worry! I am sharing five tips to help your observation lesson run smoothly so you can showcase just how lucky your students are to have you!

Preparing for an observation doesn’t have to be stressful. In an observation, you are showing off how great of a teacher you are, so you’re likely already doing many things that will help you rock your observation. Still feeling nervous? I’m sharing five tips to help you prepare for your observation lesson including sticking with activities your students have done before, simplifying your lessons to avoid overdoing it, covering multiple domains in your lesson, incorporating sensory tools to engage students, and being clear on the purpose of your lesson.  

Are you ready to feel confident that you’re reaching all the diverse needs of your ELLs and spend less time filling out lesson plans and gathering resources? The Equipping ELLs  membership is here to help you be more prepared and less frustrated when planning and prepping your lessons. In the membership, you’ll get a monthly scope and sequence and lesson plans, tons of resources, and amazing community, and monthly coaching to help you best serve your ELLs!

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Why you shouldn’t do new activities during your observation lesson
  • The importance of simplifying your lesson and not trying to fit in too much
  • Ideas for how to showcase multiple domains in one lesson
  • How to use realia and sensory tools to better engage your students in the lesson
  • Why you should be clear on the purpose of your lesson


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More about Equipping ELLs:

We all know that teaching isn’t easy, but it doesn’t have to be this hard. Equipping ELLs is a podcast for both ESL specialists and homeroom teachers who are looking for effective and engaging ways to support their English Language Learners without adding to their endless to-do list. Tune in each week to hear tips, strategies, and inspirational stories that will empower you to better reach your ELL students, equip them with life-long skills, and strengthen relationships with colleagues and parents.

Your host, Beth Vaucher, is the founder of Inspiring Young Learners. She is an ESL certified homeroom teacher with over 10 years of experience teaching in the US and internationally. Her background of M.Ed in ESL and Curriculum and Instruction combined with her experience has led her to develop a bestselling newcomer curriculum that has sold in over 90 countries around the globe. She brings a different perspective to teaching ELLs from her years teaching and living abroad and working with ELLs from around the world. You will walk away from each episode with the ideas and tools you need to transform your experience as a teacher and cultivate a thriving and welcoming environment for your ELL students.


One Comment

  • Hi!
    I teach a middle school ELL class of beginner/newcomers. The kids range from 11-14years old. Most of the resources I find, the kids find too baby. What can I do?


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