A reflective summary is a brief, written analysis by the instructor and possibly the peer observer of what was learned about teaching and student learning, what actions were taken as a result, how the peer observation process is working for them, and how the process might be adapted or changed. The reflective summary can provide valuable feedback that can be used in subsequent peer observations, in developing the faculty member’s longitudinal statement about development as a teacher, and to adjust the peer review of teaching system to meet faculty’s needs [Sample Reflective Summary Form]. Importantly, it is an opportunity to turn experience into learning. Depending on department policy, it may be included as an attachment to the observation summary report.
- What is your take-away about your teaching? About student learning?
- What questions about teaching and learning have emerged from this process?
- What changes might make our peer observation process more helpful?