• Teaching Observation Toolkit

    Author(s):
    Miranda Rodak & Gabrielle Stecher (see profile)
    Date:
    2023
    Subject(s):
    Teaching, Education, Higher, Education
    Item Type:
    Course material or learning objects
    Tag(s):
    formative observations, growth mindset, professional development, teacher professional development, teaching observations, writing program administration
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/bhvq-f224
    Abstract:
    Teaching observations are crucial for our development as teachers, and they are also an important form of departmental service. When seasoned instructors offer to observe new instructors, they take on an important role as a mentor. But even senior instructors can benefit immensely from inviting peers to observe a class they have taught frequently. Peer observations that focus on growth are formative, rather than summative. This means observers are not conducting a formal evaluation that often results in letters for the observee’s teaching portfolio or annual review. Rather, this becomes an opportunity to set goals for future teaching, foster mentorship, and solicit constructive feedback. The Teaching Observation Toolkit makes transparent the processes for conducting a productive and collaborative formative observation, including the necessity of pre- and post-observation meetings. It includes a guide to conducting formative observations, lesson plan and note taking templates, and an observation rubric that can both focus the observation and guide conversations about instructor preparation, facilitation of learning, and engagement.
    Notes:
    This toolkit is rooted in our design philosophy: we bring our expertise in Writing Pedagogy Education (WPE) to designing programs, platforms, and materials that create the self-reflective, collaborative conditions that unlock and foster creativity through engaged learning experiences and professional development. Everything we create is transparent, transferrable, intuitive, and learning focused.
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    Published
    Last Updated:
    2 months ago
    License:
    Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

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