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Classroom observation as a means of gathering feedback on teaching

Although students know more about the day-to-day instruction that you orchestrate than any observer could gather in one or even several classroom visits, peer observations can be useful ways of pinpointing verbal or physical habits that may be distracting to learners and a peer may be less hesitant to comment on personal mannerisms than are students. To the extent that the observer is familiar with course content, s/he may also be able to provide more specific recommendations for engaging students in that content that the students themselves. With appropriate planning and timely follow-up, peer observations can be quite helpful to instructors who are receptive to this kind of feedback.

Form for providing feedback on a classroom teaching observation or microteaching demonstration (pdf)

Classroom observation checklist

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