The Teaching Squares Program provides faculty
with an opportunity to gain new insight into their teaching through a
process of reciprocal classroom observation and self-reflection. Four
faculty members from across campus will create a "teaching square" and
invite one another to observe their classes. They will then meet over a
complimentary lunch to discuss what they've learned about their own
practice through the observational process. No evaluation. No feedback.
No record. Just the opportunity to reflect on your teaching in the
company of interesting colleagues, all while sampling an equally
Teaching Square members commit to three activities:
i) attending an initial organizational meeting to meet their group members and discuss logistics (approx. 1 hr),
ii) visiting each of the other square members' classes at least once in the months of October or November (3 x 1 hr visits),
iii) meeting again, this time over lunch at Michael's, in November or December for a follow-up reflection (1 hr).
The Fall 2013 organizational meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 24th from 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the Teaching Support Centre. This is a mandatory meeting for all participants. If you have a teaching conflict that makes it impossible for you to attend the organizational meeting, please send us an e-mail at your earliest convenience and we will arrange some alternative.
Note that registration is limited to 24 participants.
Since this program requires a certain amount of coordination and planning among group members, the Squares are fixed prior to the organizational meeting and additional participants cannot be added beyond this point. Thus, early registration is imperative.