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2-008 Course
Observing and Giving Feedback
Learning time
This self-paced course is approximately 3 hours of learning time.
Who is this for?
Early years leaders and mentors wanting to develop skills in how to observe and give feedback to colleagues.
skill level
This course is suitable for intermediate to experienced leaders.
Mentors often report that undertaking observations of teaching practice and giving effective feedback are the aspects of a mentor’s work they find most challenging.

  • What do I look at?
  • What do I look for?
  • How can I provide feedback in a way that doesn’t get a defensive reaction?
  • What do I do if the teacher doesn’t make the required changes?

This course will explore these questions and more, providing useful frameworks and principles on which to base your observations of practice, feedback and conversations that support teachers’ on-going inquiry.
This course is for you if;
  • You are in a position in your ECE service where you need to give feedback to others to support their learning and growth.
  • You want to know how to give feedback that won't create a defensive reaction.
  • You want to learn how to observe, what to look for and how to document this effectively.
  • You want to support other teachers in their learning and growth, and you know that giving valuable feedback is an important part of this process.
  • You are responsible for contributing to teachers' professional growth cycles and appraisals. 

Created by Barbara Watson  (PhD)
PhD; MEdAdmin; BEd (ECE); Dip.Tchg (Primary)
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About the course creator

Barbara Watson (PhD)
PhD; MEdAdmin; BEd (ECE); Dip.Tchg (Primary)

Barbara is a qualified early childhood and primary teacher and has owned and managed early childhood centres. Having worked as part of the EC Professional Support team at the Faculty of Education for 7 years, she has strong links with The University of Auckland. While in this role Barbara facilitated a variety of workshops and programmes for a wide range of ECE services and also lectured on a number of ECE papers.

Barbara has a passion for supporting teachers to make effective links between theory and practice. Her Masters thesis focused on leadership and adult education and her PhD investigated how induction and mentoring programmes are enacted in education and care services. Barbara works with centre leaders as a mentor, coach and external appraiser.

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