12 #ObserveMe Tips for Getting Feedback From Your Colleagues

by | 02.5.18

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How do I ask my colleagues to give me feedback on my teaching? How can I set up my classroom to welcome observers? What do I do if no one comes to observe my lessons? If you’re thinking about jumping into the #ObserveMe movement – putting that #ObserveMe sign on your door and inviting colleagues inside to watch and share feedback – you may have asked yourself the above questions already.

Inviting observers into your classroom can be intimidating. But the #ObserveMe movement began because despite the challenges, embracing fresh perspectives and constructive feedback has helped teachers across the country grow their practice.

These educators have great tips for getting started and setting yourself up for #ObserveMe success:

Educators Windy Hodge and William Wietman created signs with QR codes to make it simple for busy colleagues to give them quick feedback:

Check out how educators LaVondia Menephee and Tamica Lewis communicate with their students about observers:

English teacher Michele Granger encourages fellow teachers not to limit their #ObserveMe circle to one subject area:

Educator Tasha Young has great advice for building a feedback form for your observers:

Once your #ObserveMe sign goes up, how can you encourage your colleagues to sit in on classes and give feedback? These educators offer some great suggestions:

Librarian Jodi Malick thinks reaching out to your personal learning community can make all the difference:

Teacher Danielle Ganley points to one simple but impactful action that encourages observers:

Teacher Michael Tetzloff explains that introducing #ObserveMe into your school community can take time, but you shouldn’t give up:

One of the keys to building a culture of collaboration in your school is creating a two-way street for feedback. How can you be a thoughtful observer of your colleagues? These educators have some advice:

Here’s teacher Lisabeth Leist’s tip for making sure your feedback is constructive:

Asking questions is educator Teresa Palma’s first step to being a great observer:

Educator John Hayward’s advice for observing your colleagues? Keep it simple!


If you’d like to learn more about the #ObserveMe movement, you can click here to visit founder Robert Kaplinsky’s website for information, tips and advice! And if you have advice to add, share your suggestions and tips in the comments below!

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