Duke|Trinity College Classroom Teaching Observation Best Practices
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Duke|Trinity College Classroom Teaching Observation Best Practices


Duke University, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences Classroom Teaching Observations Best Practices 1. Scheduling and preparation 2. Observing a class 3. Writing a summary of observations: constructive feedback 4. Meeting with faculty member to discuss observation summary 5. Preparing and submitting final written report to chair Schedule the date and time of the classroom observation with the faculty member ahead of time. Your role is to quietly observe.
Do not interrupt the class or ask the instructor or students questions.
Follow the Classroom Observation Checklist. Are the goals of the lesson or purpose of the class made clear to students? Does the faculty member exhibit appropriate knowledge of the subject matter? Does the delivery of instruction demonstrate: Preparation, Organization and Clarity Do methods of instruction:
Seem appropriate for the topic?
Accommodate different learning styles?
Engage students? Do methods of instruction:
Seem appropriate for the topic?
Accommodate different learning styles?
Engage students? Does the faculty member er exhibit flexibility?
Does the instructor adjust instruction to address the learning needs, enthusiasm, and interest of students? Evaluate the faculty member’s classroom management, such as control of time, discussion, and engagement of students. Evaluate the faculty member’s responsiveness to students, such as answering questions and conveying interest in their understanding. Next Steps
Write a summary of the classroom visit and provide it to the faculty member.
Meet with faculty member in person to discuss the written observation.
Collect the faculty member’s comments on the observation feedback.
Submit your report and faculty comments to your Chair. Thank you for serving as a classroom teaching observer.
Valerie Ashby, Dean
Arlie Petters, Dean of Academic Affairs

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