Why should we observe or be observed teaching?

Have you ever observed a teacher or been observed yourself by a colleague? It can be an incredibly powerful form of professional development.

Image of an eye with text: "(Teachers) rarely have an opportunity to watch other teachers teach, the single best kind of training." Sara Mosle, Building Better Teachers, The Atlantic, September 2014.


Peer observation leads to:

  • the creation of a culture of trust, cooperation and collaboration
  • the orientation of new or less experienced teachers
  • development of teaching strengths
  • the integration of constructive feedback
  • a deeper appreciation of the science behind teaching and learning

Video: Mirror, Mirror…Observe, Reflect, and Apply – a tale of what could be!

Further resources:

Here’s an article you might find interesting on this subject: Building Better Teachers, The Atlantic

Bill Gates: Teachers need real feedback, TED Talks, 10:21, 2013

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