Survey on ‘self-classroom observation’ using photographs, video, and audio


If you have visited this site before, you’ll know that there are quite a few posts about classroom observation. However, there hasn’t been much on the way teachers observe their own classes with the use of photographs, video and audio recording. To me, this kind of observation seems like a useful solution when you can’t be observed by someone else or you want carry out your own private classroom research. But how much is it really happening and how useful do teachers find it? To find out, I’ve written this short five-question survey on the subject. Maybe you record your lessons all the time or maybe you never do it. Either way, I’d like to hear your views. It’ll take you about two minutes to complete.

Thanks for sparing the time and I’ll present an overview of the responses both in my talk at IATEFL this April and here on the blog at a later date.

Click here to begin.



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7 replies

  1. I have done in the past, John, for reflective practice, but not in the past 2 years.

  2. I have answered based on past experience – though I’ve been out of the classroom for a few years now. I recommended it to other teachers in a couple of academies I worked at and the feedback from those who tried it was generally positive.

    I think the evidence provided by the audio or visual content can be quite powerful for noticing teaching behaviours and mannerisms, as well as classroom management decision making, for example. It’s a bit like an out of body experience, I thought – not that I’ve ever had one of those, mind. 🙂

    • Thanks Richard. Me neither but I know what you mean about it ‘out of body’. I also think the visual connection makes the memory of the lesson much stronger and so teacher recall is greater. Anyway, let’s see what others think in the survey.

  3. Hi John – have shared your survey link on Twitter – here is something I use with my trainees for the same purposes you indicate – you can find my slides here:

    Evernote for Teacher Observation & Development–Development

    Olya wrote a report on this talk (as she did for yours, I noticed) here:

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