A teaching observation provides teachers with feedback on classroom practices and behaviors that affect student learning. It is an excellent way to gauge how effective you are when trying new techniques, or to get an outside perspective on a perceived problem in your classroom.
Teaching observations provide feedback on:
- Instructor’s teaching behaviors
- Students’ attitudes, attentiveness, and participation
- Teaching strategies
- Presentation and organization of content
- Teacher-student rapport
- Use of instructional technologies
- Speaking style
- Use of physical space
The steps of a teaching observation:
- Request a teaching observation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The CTL consultant will then ask you to submit your syllabus and any other relevant materials (e.g. assignment prompts, lesson plan), and schedule a consultation prior to the observation in order to discuss the particulars of the class.
- The consultant observes and takes detailed notes on your class.
- A few days after the observation, you will meet with the consultant to discuss your class. You will receive a written report that summarizes our feedback and, if appropriate, offers a few suggestions for implementing changes.
- If you decide to implement changes in your teaching practice, we recommend that you schedule a follow-up teaching observation in order to receive support through the process.
CTL teaching observations are confidential.
Last updated: 12/1/2015