3 Benefits of Peer Teacher Observation and Reviews for Private Religious Schools

Posted on: 1 November 2018

There are some schools that do not require teacher certification by the state. Most of these schools fall under a private religious school category. If you have just received a job from one of these schools, you may find that they use teacher observation and review as part of their routine. If you have not been exposed to this before, you may be a little nervous or confused as to how this type of review is a benefit. Here are three benefits of teacher observation and reviews for private religious schools.

Method Observation

One of the first benefits of teacher observation, especially in private religious schools, is method observation. If you do not have a teacher certification, the method you use to teach your students may be different from another teacher. You may decide to go with a lecture-based style of teaching or a hands-on approach. You may also be trying to figure out what works best for you and your students. A teacher observation and review process can get a fresh set of eyes on the methods you use and where they may be lacking or need changes. This can give you some direct insight into improvements you can make.

Tenet Observation

An important part of a private religious school is the tenets of the faith of that school and the church it is connected to. For example, a private Catholic school may have a different approach than a private Baptist or Jewish school. By participating in teacher observation and reviews, you have someone making sure that you and other teachers are adhering to the faith tenets that are important to the school, the students, and the parents of the children attending.

Strength and Weakness Observation

The aspects that many people can not see for themselves are personal strengths and weaknesses on the job. One of the benefits of having a teacher observation is that someone else can note where your strength and weakness points seem to be. During the review they can let you know what they observed, which can give you a clear view of what to work on or where improvements can be made. In fact, some teachers use the observation to help you discover your strengths so you can build on those as part of your teaching method.

These are only three benefits of teacher observation and reviews, especially in private religious schools. If you have questions about the review and teacher observation process, consider asking if you can sit in on one and watch how it works. It can help you better understand the process and become more at ease with the teacher observation. Or, look into the software that is used during a teacher observation to familiarize yourself with what your observers will be using.