- Both parties can get new ideas.
- It provides instant feedback.
- It causes the teacher being observed to re-think their lesson.
- The observer is often biased and may give high marks to avoid confrontation.
- Is often only done once so there's no way to compare how the teacher has improved.
- It's often unreliable and unorganised. They're only observing one class and the time of day, class, being nervous, and more can affect the observation. In addition, it's usually not video taped, observers aren't trained, and the feedback form isn't valid.
- Amazon's recommendations
- Leeds Metropolitan University: links, preparing for observation, and a summary
- University of Minnesota's Guidelines
- University of Sydney's Guidelines
- Using English
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