Yes, this is an effective method of professional development. You may work with the same observer(s) or have different ones.
Nothing. This is a separate program for formative purposes only, and only you and your observer will share the results.
The post observation conference is seen as a discussion about teaching. There is often no one, right way to do something when it comes to teaching. It can be a learning experience for both the teacher and the classroom observer. Open dialogue in trying to understand the other’s point of view is critical.
Yes. There may be a reason for doing so. You can request the same observer or a different one for subsequent observations.
The results are confidential. The feedback is strictly between the teacher and the observer. Feedback is given orally at the post-observation conference. No written feedback will be given.
You may select an observer from the list of trained observers or the Center for Teaching and Learning will assign the classroom observer to you.
A group of specially trained faculty members from various departments at UNC Charlotte conduct the observations. The faculty members are very experienced in teaching and have received awards from their colleges or the university for their excellence in teaching.
After a classroom observer is identified, a pre-observation conference is held to discuss the context of the course and the class session. Then, the observation is held at the appointed time. Finally, the post-observation conference is held to discuss the results of the observation.