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 interesting buffet.
Teaching Square members commit to three activities:
- Attending an initial organizational meeting to meet their group members and discuss logistics (approximately 1 hour),
- Visiting each of the other square members' classes at least once in the months of February or March (3 x 1 hour visits),
- Meeting again, this time over lunch at The Green Leaf Cafe, in March or April for a follow-up reflection (1 hour).
The Winter 2014 organizational meeting will take place on Thursday, February 6th from 12:30 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.