#Becomingeducational It’s still hotter than hot here in the UK…
But we thought that you would like this post on problematising the messy business of teaching – and the increasingly messy business of the peer observation of teaching.
What we do is messy. If we dare to be experimental with our practice – we may not always succeed; we may not always get the outcomes that we desire.
And yet there is a constant pressure to be perfect.
And yet, as engaged professionals, we want to experiemnt, develop, improve, change… and thus we will get things wrong from time to time.
This is a passionate and timely reminder.
Sandra & Tom
My presentation at the recent HERDSA conference was entitled Peer review of teaching: A showcase of messy practice. My co-author Rod Lane and I are redeveloping this presentation as a book chapter, in which we will share our learning about the risks and complexities of ‘insider research’ or researching practices within our own institution. Presenting about an imperfect and unfinished project, rather than a retrospective narrative of excellence, was a conscious choice. It seemed well received by the audience:
— Cathryn McCormack (@CMcCormack_SoTL) July 3, 2018
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