Classroom Observation

Classroom observations help you to see your classroom from a new perspective to give you ideas about how to enhance learning for your students. One of CEE’s experienced specialists will observe your teaching and collect observational data about items that will be most useful in helping you increase your teaching effectiveness. Common items include the use of classroom activities, how you use time and space, and how you facilitate learning for all of your students. In a follow up consultation, you and the specialist  will discuss new techniques and strategies you may want to use in the classroom going forward, framed within the unique context of your teaching. Learn more.

When should I schedule a classroom observation?

Schedule your classroom observation near the beginning of the term to ensure a consultant can attend your desired class session. After you submit your request, a consultant will contact you to schedule your observation and follow-up consultation, and to find out what you are hoping to learn about your teaching from the observation. Observations for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars are conducted by theTA Consultants, and observations for faculty are conducted by CEE specialists.

What happens during the observation?

A teaching consultant will observe your class session for 20 to 30 minutes. The consultant will gather data about items that will be most useful in helping you increase your teaching effectiveness, including use of classroom activities, how you use time and space, and how you facilitate learning for all of your students. The consultant can pay particular attention to aspects of teaching effectiveness that you are interested in receiving feedback on, or can collect quantitative data about how class time is spent, the types of activities students and teachers engage in, and the distribution of participation among students within the classroom. To put your students at ease, we advise that you explain to your class that the consultant is there to gather information about your teaching and is primarily watching you, not them.

What happens during the follow-up consultation?

Instructors and CEE consultants will meet to review and discuss the observation data, typically 3-5 days after the classroom visit in class. The observation data will allow you to see your class from a new perspective and identify areas of possible improvement. You and the consultant will be able to plan for strategies that will lead to improved learning for your students in the specific context of your class.