Teaching Circles

The Teaching Circles Program provides faculty with an opportunity to gain new insight into their teaching through a process of reciprocal classroom observation and self-reflection.

What is better than a free lunch? A free lunch with colleagues eager to talk about teaching! A small group of faculty from across campus will form a “teaching circle” 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 thought-provoking colleagues, all while enjoying an equally exciting lunch.

Teaching Circles members commit to three activities:

  1. Attending an initial organizational meeting in September to meet their group members and discuss logistics (approx. 1 hr)
  2. Visiting each of the other circle members’ classes once in the months of October or November (approx. 3 x 1 hr visits)
  3. Meeting again, this time over lunch, in December for a follow-up reflection (1 hr)

Upcoming Programs

  • No Teaching Circles programs are currently scheduled.

Registration

Registration is closed. Please check back for future offerings.

Once registered, additional program details will be made available to you, including access to resources via Blackboard.


Fall 2017 Registrants

The Fall 2017 organizational meetings will take place on Tuesday, September, 26th from 2:30 – 3:30 in W212 (NOTL) or Thursday, September, 28th from 10:30 – 11:30 in SA208 (WC). 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. Since this program requires a certain amount of coordination and planning among group members, the Circles are fixed prior to the organizational meeting and additional participants cannot be added beyond this point. Thus, early registration is imperative.

If you have questions about the Teaching Circles Program, please call 905-641-2252 ext. 4348 or e-mail Educational Developer, Apryl Gill at apgill@niagaracollege.ca.