The first thing to remember is that this is a formative peer review and you are acting as a critical friend. You are there to support and encourage your peer through feedback and constructive suggestions. All conversations between you and the reviewee regarding the review are confidential.
Meet with reviewee prior to observation to establish focus of the review and the logistics. You will need to have read the Dimensions of Teaching (pdf) prior to this meeting.
After the peer observation provide the reviewee with the written feedback - guided by the Peer Review Report Template (doc). Note that the written report that you provide the reviewee does not need to follow this format and does not need to include the checkboxes.
Can I have a reciprocal relationship with the reviewee?
Ideally the relationship between reviewer and reviewee is that of equals willing to learn from each other. You may find it useful for the reviewee to reciprocate by reviewing your teaching. Even if you don't wish to undertake a peer review process, it may be useful to have your peer sit in on one of your classes.
If a colleague has asked you to assist as a reviewer and the reviewee has not made contact with you then contact them to set up an initial pre-observation planning and discussion meeting.
Prior to this planning meeting the reviewer and reviewee must have read the Dimensions of Teaching (pdf) as this will underpin the planning that will take place in the pre-observation meeting.
At the pre-observation meeting the following questions should be discussed:
Check and refine logistics for observation and post-observation meeting – time, place, and length of observation (generally an hour).
Depending on the size and nature of the class the reviewee could explain that the observer is here to observe the lecturer, or if the reviewee thinks this may influence who the students react he/she could, for example, tell the class that the observer is there to observe how teaching is undertaken in this discipline as distinct from other disciplines.
The reviewee is in control here and unless he/she chooses to share it the report and discussions are totally confidential. However, if the reviewee potentially intend to make your report available to others they should let the reviewer know this in advance. Any agreements made at pre-observation meetings or discussions should be recorded on the Peer Review Report Template (doc) and abided by during the observation.