After working for several years in the legal profession, Adam left the adversarial system of law for the collaborative culture of the classroom. He taught EFL in Guanajuato, Mexico and tutored literacy skills in Seattle, Washington before deciding to advance his teaching skill set and understanding of second language acquisition by enrolling in SFSU’s MA TESOL program. Currently, Adam is teaching American short stories and high-intermediate oral communication skills and listening at the American Language Institute. In his free time, Adam enjoys trail running and cycling around San Francisco and Marin.
Teachers Observing Teachers: Peer Observation as a Tool for Professional Growth
Teaching is a dynamic profession, and teachers are constantly faced with new technical, intellectual, and social challenges. Without opportunities for collaboration and feedback, it can be difficult for teachers to find effective solutions to classroom challenges and develop as professionals. However, physical and social isolation within the teaching profession can limit opportunities for teachers to pool resources and share knowledge. This presentation explores peer observation as a professional development tool through which in-service teachers are able to learn about new teaching practices, reflect and receive feedback on their teaching, and collaboratively respond to classroom challenges.