Profile Issues in Teachers` Professional Development
versão impressa ISSN 1657-0790
VIAFARA GONZALEZ, John Jairo. Responding to Observation: How Student Teachers´ Use of their Counselor´s Notes Support their Preparation. profile [online]. 2005, n.6, pp. 141-156. ISSN 1657-0790.
Several practices for teacher preparation remain as essential today as they have been for decades. Among them, observation of lessons continues to be highly popular to support and evaluate student teachers´ learning processes. The following pages deal with an experience in which observation was given an alternative perspective in the preparation of future teachers. Sixteen student teachers who constantly responded to their counselor´s observation notes participated in the study. Exploring the participants´ feelings about their counselor´s notes and the nature of their responses to those records were the objectives of the study. At the end, a magnifying glass, a puzzle, a book and a map emerged as valuable metaphors to explain student teachers´ use of this preparation tool.
Palavras-chave : Pre-service teacher preparation; teaching practice; practicum; supervision; observation; reflective practice; observation instruments; student teachers´ learning.