Peer observation can be used as free, ongoing, effective professional development—and can draw faculty closer together.
We’ve probably all sat through a professional development day like this: The school hires a speaker to come teach its faculty a new instructional strategy. The speaker arrives on an in-service day, the faculty gather in an auditorium, and the speaker stands in front of everyone, microphone in hand, going over the strategy outlined in a presentation being projected behind them.
This kind of “dump-and-run” professional development promotes the counterproductive idea that Professional Development should be neatly confined to a handful of days a year. It’s also costly and ineffective.