Looking for Learning - An alternative approach to Teacher Observation and another great way to measure improvement

09:30:00 to 11:30:00
New Zealand

We are often looking for ways we can measure improvement and to create a strong learning focused culture. Traditional ways to look at teacher observation are often focused around making judgments about the teacher rather than considering the learning that is occurring. Words like ‘feedback’ imply I am the expert and I will give you advice about how you could be a better teacher. This can make teachers feel nervous and lead to experiences being ‘set up’. They hope this will make them regarded as a ‘good’ teacher rather than have authentic professional dialogue.

The ‘Looking for Learning’ approach creates a framework for coaching conversations about learning that is occurring using a series of prompts. ‘Looking for Learning’ visits can be scheduled regularly with a peer. Over time these visits can then be evaluated to look for common aspects and ideas for future improvement. Changing the lens from a learning conversation as opposed to making a judgment has proven to be a useful tool for creating a stronger learning focused culture. In this workshop we will explore this approach and how you might adapt a similar approach for your context.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn about the “Looking for Learning’ approach in order to create a trusting collaborative way to engage in coaching conversations to discuss and improve children’s learning.
  • Consider the difference between feedback and a learning conversation
  • Have another useful tool which helps measure improvement.
  • Consider how this approach can be integrated into your PGC and the Educational Leadership Capability Framework.

About Melody Stuckey

My Educational Leadership comes from a diverse perspective due to the privilege of working at Governance, Management and at Tertiary level.

I also come with international experience and was a Head of School for Dulwich College International for 10 years.

After returning to New Zealand 6 years ago, I moved into the role of National Coordinator for CECEAA (An Early Years Association). This position included organising and facilitating PLD across our member centres and was largely a support and guidance role. It also included representing the organisation on ECAC.

Currently I am the General Manager and Educational Leader for 3 private Early Childhood Centres in the Hawkes Bay. I am also currently the ECE Service Leader’s Representative for the Teaching Council.


  • Online teacher workshops are not recorded, but presentation slides will be made available to registrants.
  • Each workshop costs: $65+GST (ECC members), $95+GST (non members)
  • Any cancellations made more than 24 hours in advance of the workshop will incur a 10% administration fee. Any cancellations made within 24 hours of the workshop will not be eligible for a refund.
  • We will endeavour to provide as much advance notice of a change as is possible, but we cannot accept responsibility for staff time or backfilling positions