Throughout the last year I have had around six open classes. What’s an open class? An open class is when a teacher opens his or her classroom to the parents, teachers, and district office to watch their lesson. The closest thing I can relate it to is a formal evaluation in the US. But even then you are evaluated usually by the principal alone.
Being an educator in the states I have many thoughts on open classes. Because this is one of the few times that any parent, teacher, or principal is in the classroom. It becomes more of a performance then a way to evaluate the teacher and students’ learning. Of course if a teacher is never evaluated in the classroom except for this occasion it is going to be more of a show then anything.
So after laminating and cutting many pictures and cards out, it was our big day. About ten people came to watch including teachers, my principal, and a person from the office of education. The students were great and overall it was a good experience. Afterward we had a meeting with the man from the office of education where he gave me advice.
When the school day was over, I went home and enjoyed a nice dinner and the slower pace. You can check out a video I made for the open class below.