Course Description & Approach
Structured Observation is designed for practicing teachers. The course
provides a practical introduction to the skills and techniques of peer
observation. Participants have the opportunity to share and evaluate
criteria for classroom observation, to practice the observation
process, and to receive critical feedback on their skills of
observation and consultation. The class relies heavily on experiential
learning and an expectation that participants will derive meaningful
professional growth from a process of focused reflection.
Identify, analyze, and discuss the
fundamentals of effective teaching.
Examine, analyze, and evaluate the
use of lesson planning and plan a lesson.
Discuss, demonstrate, and evaluate
the skills of effective classroom observation and feedback.
Write a reflective paper in which
the experiential learning resulting from the process is described and
Participants will be expected to plan two lessons, which will be
implemented in a regular classroom setting. Both lessons will be
observed by a peer who will provide feedback on the observation.
Conversely, each participant will observe a peer’s lesson and provide
feedback. At the end of the course each participant will submit a
Structured Observation is a 1 unit course and normally meets two hours
per week for nine weeks.
Russell Richardson was the most recent instructor.