The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning invites all faculty to participate in
CETL’s Teaching Squares Program.
The CETL Teaching Squares Program is an amazing mutual –mentoring program that allows you to gain new perspectives and insights into your teaching through a completely non-evaluative process of reciprocal classroom observation and self-reflection. This program is now a year and a half old, and the qualitative feedback is excellent, telling us that the program is well worth your while. Other colleges report great success with it as well; Participants across the board report their involvement to be an amazing and rewarding experience. We hope you’ll join at NOVA!
Register at: http://goo.gl/TtNUK
Please register by January 24, 2014
Who should participate?
All teaching faculty (full-time and adjunct) from all campuses! Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis on each campus. Please register by January 24th.
You are more than welcome to participate again if you have participated before!
How do Teaching Squares work? How are Squares Assigned?
Four faculty members join forces: Each Teaching Square consists of four faculty members from the same campus, but preferably from different disciplines, who collaborate for a semester. These faculty visit one another’s classes and then meet and discuss, through a guided process, what they’ve learned about their own teaching from the observations.
What is my Commitment?
- Attend one Kick-Off event as you are able for all participants for orientation to the program, material distributions, etc (September 16th). If you can’t attend this particular event, we understand and will catch up with via your Square Facilitator.
- Attend one initial meeting with your Teaching Square to arrange the program for that square (mandatory, but arranged at the convenience of the Square during the week of September 23 ).
- Visit one another’s classroom at least once (Complete by November 4th).
- Meet again for one or two follow up meetings once all the observations are completed (During the Week of November 11th).
- Attend one Round-UP event, as you are able for all participants (December 2)
What do others say about it?
- I think this is one of the most effective (perhaps one of the few) really effective training methods I’ve experienced at NVCC. It plays into the independent nature of teaching. It expands teacher knowledge about how their course folds into other parts of college curriculi. It’s very social and not full of “doublespeak” …
- This is an activity I think all faculty should engage in at least once in their teaching careers. We’re all so busy within in our own divisions that discussions within our discipline become few and far between, leaving me with a feeling of unwanted solitude and of always going it alone. I learned so much from the members of my square and enjoyed meeting people outside of my discipline. I enjoyed everyone’s content, which I thought was so interesting and made me wish I could be a student again, and I derived so much from observing other teaching styles. Now I feel that I have contacts in other divisions, have met some really cool people, and learned some new teaching techniques and content area.
- It was a wonderful experience. I think ours worked particularly well because we met one on one to discuss one another’s classes.
- I really enjoyed teaching squares because of the fact that every member was very serious about providing the excellent services to their students and inspiring other coworkers too!
We should continue to participate in the program and switch with different subjects!
That will enable us to widen our understanding about other fields of education !
For more information, including dates:
Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL)
Associate Professor, Biology
Northern Virginia Community College