Peer Observation Tips (with download)
As educators, we all know how important it is to receive feedback on our teaching, especially from our peers. This short guide will give you tips to have a meaningful observation that results in actionable feedback.
Review your current course and identify a lesson that would benefit from receiving peer review. Maybe this is a new lesson or a lesson that you have significantly revised. You may also want to invite a peer to observe your teaching if you've implemented a new teaching technique or a new tech tool.
When looking for an observer, identify someone who can give you the most useful feedback. For instance, you may invite a peer whose teaching style is different from yours, so that you can get a fresh perspective, or you may invite someone with experience with a tech tool you're trying out.
Before being observed, have a conversation with the person observing you. This will allow you to talk about the lesson and will give them some context for what they will observe. You can also give them any teaching and learning materials that may help them to provide useful feedback.
Sharing your teaching goals allows the observer to target those areas during the observation and give you the feedback you need. This feedback can later be incorporated into your teaching portfolio to help you demonstrate your development.
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