Class Observations

An experienced CTI staff member can observe your class to provide feedback on any topics or questions of interest to you. 

Why Have a Class Observation?

A classroom observation provides you with the opportunity to: 

  • Obtain supportive feedback on your teaching practice. 
  • Make a realistic plan to fine-tune teaching skills. 
  • Document your instructional development. 
  • Develop reflective teaching practices that can lead to improved teaching. 

Considerations When Having a Class Observation

  • Think about what the goals of your class are and what aspects of your teaching you are interested in receiving feedback on. 
  • Take notes throughout the observation process. Consider including them as part of a teaching portfolio
  • Consider participating in multiple observations over a period of time to revisit your teaching performance and to document your development as an instructor. 

Getting Started With a Class Observation

  • CTI staff regularly conduct classroom observations for Cornell instructors. Contact the Center at cornellcti@cornell.edu or (607) 255-7224 to schedule an observation.
  • Choose a class session to be observed. This session can be a very typical class or it can be unique in some way.
  • Identify who will observe your class and make arrangements for a pre-observation meeting, the observation of the class, and a post-observation meeting.
  • During the pre-observation meeting, discuss what you would like your observer to pay particular attention to.
  • While being observed, let your students know what you are doing and why. You may want to briefly introduce the observer and let students know that  they  are not being observed. Conduct your class in your usual style.
  • During the post-observation debriefing, receive and review your feedback and discuss possible goals and a development plan.