Peer Observations

 

Overview

At its heart, MSU Extension focuses on translating and communicating research-based knowledge. To achieve our mission, we must know how to teach and facilitate. Most MSU Extension employees teach or facilitate, whether it be in fields, schools, or in the basement of a community center; one-on-one or to a group.  MSU Extension values excellence in teaching. The goals of this peer observation process are to: 

  • create a culture that values best practices in teaching and facilitation; 
  • provide learning opportunities for employees to reflect upon their own teaching and facilitative leadership skills and learn from their peers; and 
  • build capacity in teacher training, observation feedback, and general pedagogy within the organization. 

It is very important to note that peer observations are NOT evaluative and are NOT tied to your performance review. They are a training and development tool to facilitate reflection and personal growth regarding teaching.

Getting Started

To Learn about Peer Observations:

  1. Complete this 10-minute interactive module.
  2. Read the Peer Observation Guide.
  3. Download the infographic quick reference (also below)
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Peer Observation Infographic