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Teaching Squares for Faculty - Winter 2020 Organizational Meeting

Feb 5, 2020 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Weldon Library, Centre for Teaching and Learning Room 120

Registration Deadline: Feb 3, 2020 11:55 PM

The Teaching Squares program provides an opportunity for instructors to gain new insight into their teaching through a process of reciprocal classroom observation and self-reflection. Four faculty members from different disciplines work together to visit each other's classes once over the term. Participants commit to visiting one hour of one class for each colleague in the Teaching Square. Groups coordinate which class sessions are the most suitable for classroom observation. Square groups then meet over a complimentary lunch to discuss what they learned about their own practice through the observation process.

The goal of the program is to provide an opportunity for faculty members to observe active learning and classroom management in a range of disciplinary settings and class sizes, and become familiar with strategies they may try in their own teaching.

  • Square groups are typically interdisciplinary and members are matched based on teaching schedules and availabilities.
  • The time commitment is approximately five hours including a one-hour organizational meeting, three one-hour peer observations, and a final group meeting over lunch.
  • Groups complete observations at their own pace within the term.

This is a mandatory meeting for all teaching square 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 an alternative.

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.


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