Peer observation forms are used to assess the effectiveness of a given lesson. They are used on the level 3 Education and Training program where candidates watch their peers micro lessons on the final day of training.

Peer observation forms in many ways are like a checklist for your own micro teach lessons. Teachers can use them to ensure that the criteria has been met and they have covered the full scope of the teaching cycle. Below is a breakdown of what the form may include.

Peer Observation And Feedback

Introduction

Did the teacher introduce his / herself and provide any background information. This can help develop rapport with students and put them at ease.

Learning Outcomes

Were the aims and objectives mentioned? These could be written on the whiteboard or put into a slide on a presentation. Outcomes can be linked to the end of the course where students can check on their progress and what they have learnt.

Prepare Materials

Well written lesson plans are evidence towards correct preparation for a lesson. Other materials may also be evident such as a presentation, handouts to learners or practical apparatus.

Inclusion

Did the teacher involve everyone within the class? It can help to learn everyone's names at the beginning of the course. Inclusion can be small details like making sure that everyone has a handout and that no one is left out during activities. Group discussions can get students talking to each other and participating within the lesson.

Feedback

Students may give positive answers during discussions, demonstrate good written skills or practical success during activities. It is important to provide positive feedback during these times to ensure that learners know that they are on the correct path. Positive feedback does not have to be over the top but it is a critical part of teaching, and the ultimate aim of getting the best out of students.

Range of Teaching Approaches

Micro teach lessons are only 15 minutes long therefore it is unfair to expect teachers to demonstrate a wide range of teaching styles. In this short period it might be sensible to accept two different approaches as a range of styles. This could come in the form of a short lecture to the group, set group discussions or practicals that involve an observation.

Suitable Assessment

Assessments are a useful tool in proving that the learning outcomes have been met. Short micro lessons could be assessed through a simple quiz or recap sheet.

Summary

Students may ask themselves what have I learnt? This can be reinforced by a summary at the end of the lesson which can cross reference the aims / objectives at the beginning of the class. The summary could be written onto the whiteboard / flipchart or a slide on a presentation. Students may tick off from summary and leave the lesson with an overall level of satisfaction.