From doing my research, I learned how peer observation is used by institutions to: evaluate their teachers; for promotional recommendations; and for professional development. I found it encouraging that most of the research stressed the value of using peer observation to support teachers with professional development, as I believe this strategy is more useful to both teachers and institutions when it focuses on helping teachers enhance their teaching practices, rather than evaluating them as teachers.
While working on my assignment, I also reviewed the digital projects completed by several of my colleagues. I learned about the advantages, disadvantages, and best practices for several evaluation strategies including: The Muddiest Point; videotaping yourself teaching; the Critical Incident Questionnaire; and Small Group Instructional Feedback. I like how all these strategies are formative, so they support teachers to alter or enhance their teaching practices during a course. I also appreciated that these strategies have great advantages and best practices for helping us evaluate our teaching practices.
I hope you enjoy my slideshow on peer observation. Thanks in advance for any thoughts or comments you have about my presentation.