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 interested colleagues.
New in 2014: We would like to welcome online instructors to the Teaching Squares program! If you are instructing an online course this semester and would like to form a Square with other online instructors, we will be happy to connect you with one another.
Teaching Square members commit to three activities:
1) Attending an initial organizational meeting (~1 hour) to meet their group members and discuss logistics.
2) Visiting each of your group members' classes once during February or March (3 x 1 hour visits) - Or, in the case of online courses, spending a similar amount of time exploring the virtual environment of your group members’ classes.
3) Meeting again over lunch at Green Leaf Café @Somerville (formerly Michael’s) in March or April for a follow-up conversation and reflection (~1 hour).
The Teaching Squares Program organizational meeting will take place on Thursday, February 6th at 12:30pm - 1:30 pm in the Teaching Support Centre, Room 120 Weldon Library. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) at your earliest convenience and we will arrange some alternative.
Note that registration is limited and will close on January 31st. 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.