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First Peer Observation

Please ensure that the observer /‘critical friend’ has a copy of the lesson plan.
Peer Observation Number:
Date/Time: Name of Student Teacher to be observed:
14 October 2018 Maryam Albolooshi

Setting: Classroom Grade: Grade 5

Topic for the lesson Name of Observer/Critical Friend:

Earth rotation Hend Alyammahi

Learning Outcomes:
Discover earth rotations and it’ causes. How does night and day accrue?

Identify some key terms: Earth, Axis, Rotation,


PEER OBSERVATION: AREA OF FOCUS: How to make a professional plan

Observed Strengths: Suggestions for further development:

- Good recap on the rules.

- Good use of helpers - It would help more of you explained and
- Clear instructions showed the second diagram to the students
I think you have clear and well-done lesson plan. You (question, what I think will happen, what I
included all the component and the resources that you used) before giving it to the students (small
will you use during a lesson. narrow for the direction will be grate).
I liked when you recap on the rules of class and you
- Try to clear out everything form the table
assigned some helpers to distribute the papers. I liked before discussing the questions (worksheet). It
when you used the KWL chart to engage the students would be wonderful if you write their
and know their prior knowledge. They were responses on the board or have a large poster
motivated by hearing others questions. for each group, so you can see if they connect
the answers with the questions.
Good using of time, you kept remind them of the time
they have left - It would be useful if you used the Earth
Models to explain the (axis) more cognitive
and concrete.
Great questioning (interested and high blooms)

I liked the picture of the earth and the balls (rotation) - Why don’t you extend the conversations by
asking them to justify their answers (not just
Meaning of rotation (use JIF Picture) to simplify the saying ok we will see next).
meaning of rotation.

Good differentiating. (time was giving 3 minutes).

I liked the summary at the end (completing the L
Chart: What did you learn).

Reflection (to be completed after discussion of Peer Review with colleague): e.g. how did you feel about conducting a formal
observation? How did your colleague feel about being observed? How did you feel about discussing your observations with your
colleague after the lesson? How did your colleague react to your assessment? Did she agree with your evaluation? Which of the
suggestions you made will your colleague apply in her next lesson? Do you and your colleague feel that this was a valuable
experience? Why/Why not?

Today I did the first peer observation for my friend Maryam. She taught grade five the cause of the earth
rotation. After the observation I had to discuss the lesson with her, to outline the area of strength and
weakness. At the beginning I was very nerves and I was thinking of how she would feel about my comment.
However, I started by the things that I am more comfortable to talk about which are her strength. She felt very
happy about those comment and thanked me for appraising her work. Then, we moved to the things that I
think she had to work on, before that she told me that it is ok, that make me less stressful. Eventually, she
agreed with my evaluation, and the thing that she is going to work on next time is to extend the conversation
with the students by asking for justification. Finally, I liked when she told me that it was nice to have me for
observation and that I gave her useful advise for her teaching improvement.

Please tick the boxes using the scale with 5 indicating the best possible performance
Professionalism 1 2 3 4 5
 ☺
Displays a high standard of professional behaviour, which includes punctuality
and readiness for the session. ☺
Shows initiative and enthusiasm during the session.

Promotes a positive learning environment & builds good rapport with the
learners. ☺
Comments or reasons for scoring above:
She showed high level of professionalism before, during and after the lesson. Lesson plan was given to us and
seating were provided for the observers.
1 2 3 4 5
Planning for Learning  ☺

Provides a lesson plan, which includes all the required information and has clear
and explicit learning outcomes. ☺
Shows a student-centered focus in the lesson plan.

Incorporates differentiation through activities, questioning and/or learning styles.

Materials and resources for teaching are of high quality and appropriate to the
level of the learner. ☺
Formative and/or summative assessment activities are included in the plan.

Comments or reasons for scoring above:
The lesson plan was well done, and a printed copy was provided to us. All the resources were included in the
lesson plan.

1 2 3 4 5
Implementing and Managing Learning  ☺

Uses accurate and appropriate language.

Maintaining engagement – independence

Ensures instructions, questions & explanations are clear, accurate & constructive.

Uses effective questioning & elicitation (probe, praise, rephrase, redirect)
techniques. ☺
Establishes and maintains clear and consistent rules & routines.

Maintains an appropriate pace to challenge and motivate the students.

Uses a range of teaching strategies.

Manages lesson time effectively.

Comments or reasons for scoring above:
You followed straight and clear rules through the lesson. Make sure to assess the students’ responses and link it
to the questions. You had a great control over the time of the activities. Differentiated activities and questions
were used and good to consider learning styles (providing earth model, pictures)

Monitoring and Assessment 1 2 3 4 5

 ☺
Monitors student progress effectively during the session.

Provides ongoing feedback to students to enhance learning during the session.

Uses formative and summative assessment instruments such as checklists,
grading scales, rubrics, tests and projects etc. to evaluate students’ performance. ☺
Comments or reasons for scoring above:

Clear and related worksheets to assess the students understanding.

Please add specific comments about the student teacher’s observed strengths relative to their area of
focus during this session and identify areas in which you feel further development is necessary.

Please share feedback immediately following the observation once the

forms are completed.

Feedback meeting date: October 14, 2018 Time: 8:50 – 9:50

Observer signature:___________________________
Date October 14, 2018

Observee signature:___________________________
Date: October 14, 2018