Peer (or Teacher to Teacher) observations can be a great and FREE professional development tool! This fresh take on professional development is often under-utilized and lesser-known to many educators. While traditional observations done by administrators leave most teachers feeling stressed and anxious, peer observations are far less traumatic and can be beneficial for both participants.
Peer observation is a type of collaborative professional development that occurs between two or more educators. While there are many different peer observation models out there, the essential components for productive observations include: an observer, a teacher delivering instruction and scheduled time for discussion before and after the observation.
The process that I generally follow for conducting or hosting a peer observation includes the following steps: Plan, Observe, Reflect, Discuss, Apply, Evaluate.....
This is the recording form that I use when I observe or host a peer observation. The question and topics on the left keep you focused and organized during the entire process. And the space to the right leaves plenty of room to write down your own thoughts. If you don't need the prompt questions or want more space to take notes, I've included another blank form with the steps listed to the left and extra space for notes to the right.
Basic info about Peer Observations
Link to Blog post for more information
Peer Observation Recording Sheets (2 versions)
Printer, Paper for the forms
Pencil/Pen, recording form and willing participants for the peer observation part
KEYWORDS: professional development, PLC, professional learning community, peer coaching, mentor, mentoring, professional practice, teacher to teacher