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  • 1. TIPSobserving peers teaching by Chrissi Nerantzi @chrissinerantziAcademic Development

2. useful tips to get you started with peer observations What happens beforeduring andafter a peer observation? 3. before 4. before Do some reading around peer observations and study relevant media-rich resources provided (seeTESS online) Find a colleague you would like to observe and arrange a suitable time (the observation should lastbetween 40-50 min) This might be a face-to-face or online session. We can learn a lot from colleagues in a different discipline. Think about this when deciding aboutyour peer observation Consider carrying out the peer observations in pairs, triads or chains (see next slides) Ask your colleague to provide some info about the session you are going to observe (feel free to usethe pre-observation form) Discuss the aims, outcomes and boundaries of the observation with your colleague(s) in advance Agree with your colleague what will happen after the observation, meeting afterwards will be ofgreat value Consider asking your colleague if you could take a video If you decide to be observed, try to relax and prepare as you would normally but also rememberthat the peer observation might be useful to trial an intervention and get some feedback from yourcolleague. If you have any questions or reservations, add your thoughts to TESS online and get support fromthe TESS community. 5. Pairs: Peer partnerships are voluntary, reciprocal,cross-disciplinary, collegial relationships that supportreflective teaching practice 6. are voluntary, (cross-)disciplinary triadsrelationships among threecolleagues that support reflectiveteaching practice. One isobserved by the other two.Feedback provided individuallythen discussed by all three. 7. chainsare voluntary cross-disciplinary, collegialrelationships that support reflective teachingpractice. A colleague is observing anothercolleague who is then observing a thirdcolleague.Such peer observations are not reciprocal. 8. during 9. during When you arrive in the classroom or onlinesession, ask your colleague to introduce you sothat the students know what is going on and theywill be able to focus on the session Sit somewhere were you can see what ishappening but dont be in the way, move ifnecessary Keep notes Think about how you would feel as a learner inthis session? What would it feel like teaching this class? 10. after 11. after Reflect on the observation experience: What do you like? What would you dodifferently and why? How did it feel to be there? Use Gibbs Reflective Cycle (seenext slide). Does the reflect parcel work for you? If you recorded part of the session, it might be useful to watch it and also sharewith your colleague. Consider uploading the clip to YouTube and share it with the TESS community. Arrange a meeting with your colleague and discuss the observation: It will beimportant to highlight strengths and use socratic questioning to make yourcolleague reflect on specific aspects of his practice you would like to make someobservations. Be sensitive and constructive! Remember these peer observationsare developmental. Consider! Would it be useful to record your conversation? But remember thatwhat you discuss with your colleague(s) should be kept confidential. Focus on what you learnt through this observation experience and share yourreflections on TESS online. Feel free to use a media-rich approach if this works foryou. Engage in an online conversation with other TESS participants. What do younotice? Consider continuing peer observations after the completion of TESS. Invite acolleague to visit your classroom. You are welcome to continue using TESS online after completion of theprogramme. 12. Consider using the Reflective Cycle (Gibbs, 1988) 6. Action plan TurningIf it arose 1. Descriptionexperience into again, what What would you happened?learning!do? 5. Conclusion2. FeelingsWhat else What werecould youyou thinking have done?and feeling?4. Analysis 3. EvaluationWhat senseWhat was can you make good and badof theabout the situation?experience? 12 13. 13 14. Consider introducingan open door day andinvite your colleaguesto observe you teaching! 15. Remember, there are many benefitswhen observing our peers teaching develop teaching practice enable collegial and supportive peer conversationsaround teaching practices individual and shared reflective practice that enhancesteaching performance explore the potential of teaching portfolios the dissemination of innovative and good practice inlearning and teaching enhanced teaching quality can you think of any others? Share them at TESS online