Typically evaluative by nature, teacher observation is usually linked to classroom performance. More and more schools, however, are using observation — teachers observing teachers — as a form of professional development that improves teaching practices and student performance. In this article, Education World’s Michele Israel talks with experts about the benefits of this emerging professional development strategy. Included: The benefits of learning by observing — for the teacher, administrator, and school, plus five observation models.
An article focusing on the principles and advantages behind peer observation to enhance professional development.