Observations of Classroom Teaching
The opportunity to view our teaching from a new perspective can be enlightening. Class observations conducted by CTL staff members provide faculty members with a useful and descriptive picture of the class environment. This picture of the class environment can be used to identify and build upon strengths, and also to identify and make changes in areas that need improvement.
Observations are most helpful to faculty members when the observer has a context within which he/she can situate the class and when there is an opportunity to discuss the observations. Thus, each observation has three parts:
1. Initial Meeting: This meeting is an opportunity for the faculty member to describe and discuss the context and goals of the course and the class meeting to be observed. Through this meeting, the observer gains familiarity with the faculty member and the context of his/her class.
2. Observation: A CTL staff member will observe the class. During the observation, the CTL staff member will record observable data.
3. Post Meeting: This meeting is an opportunity for the faculty member and observer to share perspectives, provide feedback, and exchange ideas.
Classroom observations conducted by CTL staff are formative and confidential. CTL staff members do not conduct observations for teaching evaluation purposes and will not supply any information for annual review or promotion purposes.
Please contact Sarah Lashley to arrange an observation of your classroom teaching.
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