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How to Conduct Peer Observations of Teaching

Teaching: Peer Observations

Classroom observations are powerful tools for discovering if the lessons you designed and structures you developed are working as intended. When conducted by peers, they provide a great opportunity to focus on pedagogy. Using a sample teaching video, this workshop provides hands-on training on conducting peer observation of teaching. We will:

  • Discuss the steps of the observation process, including how to get the most out of an observation before it starts and how to discuss the results
  • Identify what to look for during an observation
  • Compare different methods of note-taking
  • Explore ways to strengthen a culture of observation, such as teaching circles

This workshop is part of the Evidence-Based Teaching Strategies series for GW instructors seeking strategies to increase student engagement and communicate with learners in new ways. Workshops in this series are sponsored by the Instructional Core. The Instructional Core provides comprehensive, integrated solutions for instructors in search of teaching solutions. If you need feedback on assignment or syllabus design, advice on teaching methods, or ideas for new activities, consider booking a consultation with the Instructional Core.

All sessions are free to GW students, faculty, staff, and alumni. GW has an institutional commitment to ensuring that all of our programs and events are accessible for all individuals. If you require any accommodations to participate in this event, please contact at least 72 business hours (3 business days) prior to the event.