Teacher Development: observing and learning from teachers in SL.

Hi everyone,

I am writing this forum post to ask for assistance. I am fortunate enough now to be in the position where I can observe a lot of experienced teachers in SL. For my own development as a fledgling English teacher in Second Life, I was wondering how I could capitalise on each observation that I do. To this end, I have created a work in progress of an adapted RL lesson observation sheet, trying to make it more SL user-friendly. I would greatly welcome feedback on this rough doc (please see below) and comments suggestions on if I have overlooked or missed something. I am also wondering about my approach to this observation sheet as it based on RL pedagogical approaches and these may not be as relevant in the SL arena... Any comments greatly received:) 


SL observations


Throughout the observation think about how the affordances of SL are capitalised upon.  


How does the teacher get the students’ attention at the beginning of the lesson?

What does she/he say? What mimes or gestures does he/she use?


1          What are the learners doing when the teacher arrives?

How do the learners (re)act?

How does the teacher open the lesson?

Does the teacher explain his/her plan and objective(s) to the learners?


2          Are the learners aware of the objective of the lesson?

What are they doing at this stage?

Are there any organizational tasks that are done by the teacher? (notecards)


3          Are there any organizational tasks that individual pupils do?

Which stages of the lesson can you identify?

How many stages are there? How are they segmented?


4          Which organizational forms are used by the teacher?

Front of class

groupwork /pairwork

presentations (with what media)

individual work


5          Does the teacher give the students any choice concerning the order of tasks/ partners/ places/

activities/ topics/ reading…?


6          How do the learners decide what to do next?

Do they need any help?



How does the teacher lead from one activity to the next?

Is the lesson organized step by step or as a workshop?


7          How do the students move from one activity to the next?

How much time is lost for transitions?


How does the teacher react to learners’ mistakes?



8          Are the learners worried about making mistakes?

(How) does the teacher announce homework? (if any is set- is iit dine in SL/ RL combination?)

How is the homework related to the activities in class?


9          Do the students have a clear understanding of the homework tasks and any materials they will need?

How does the teacher close the lesson?


10        How do the learners and teacher deal with and react to technical problems in SL?


11        Lesson Observation Tasks Students’ experience Class atmosphere and learners’ Behaviour


How does the teacher create a positive learning atmosphere?

How does the teacher encourage learners to use the target language?

How does the teacher manage to get everybody involved?


Does the teacher use any special words, symbols, gestures to help the learners understand or to get their attention?


What else did you notice?

Do the learners seem to be interested?

Do they seem at ease and taken seriously?

Are the learners using the target language?

Are all the learners actively involved?

Are there any noticeable individual groups?



What I want to remember / take away from this observation.


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Hi Martin,

Nobody replied to your forum post. Do you still want an answer now a year later?

rgds Heike


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