Ask a peer or mentor to observe your teaching

Two students debrief about teaching. Photo by Rod Searcey for Stanford CTL

Teaching Observation Overview

Getting feedback on your teaching at any stage in your development is crucially important to your continued growth as an instructor.  Every teacher brings a unique persepective to the material.  Both watching other people teach and having others observe you can provide you with great sources of feedback.  This can be as simple as asking a fellow TA to sit in on your section and then following up with them afterwards about what they see as your strengths and weaknesses. 

You might ask them to look for specific issues that you are worried about, or just provide some general comments.  This class observation worksheet is a great place for them to jot down some notes.  Based on this discussion, you may want to set some new teaching goals for yourself so that you have a clear path towards improving your next class.

As you get more comfortable in the classroom, you might consider asking someone with a bit more experience to observe your teaching, such as the course instructor, a TA or Faculty Mentor, or even request a videorecording and consultation from VPTL.

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