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Teaching Squares: Reflect

For those of you participating in a teaching square, you should have finished your course visits. Take some time now to reflect on what you learned.

Reflection Guidelines

This is a personal experience for you. You may wish to share it at the square share, but there’s no requirement to do so. The questions below can help guide your reflection. You will gain the most if you write your responses and allow each reflection to lead to other thoughts about your own teaching.

  • What have I learned about my teaching philosophy from my classroom observations (it could be something new or something that has been affirmed)? What personal values do I bring to my teaching?
  • Has my teaching philosophy changed as a result of this experience?
  • How has the experience of again being in the “learner” role impacted my teaching?
  • What surprised me during this experience?
  • What challenged me during this experience? What assumptions about teaching did I confront?
  • What have I learned is one of my teaching strengths?
  • What aspect of my teaching do I wish to improve? How am I going to do this?
  • What is one thing I learned that will make my teaching more effective?
  • Did I learn any tips, tricks or best practices that I might want to incorporate in my teaching?
  • Is there one particular thing I learned that I will apply next semester in my classroom? Why was this one thing so impressive?

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Learn more about Teaching Squares.

2019 Brown Innovation Faculty Cohort Announced

Front: Savannah-Jane Griffin, Catherine Day, Grace Ramsey, Ronette Lategan-Potgeiter, Daniil Zavlunov
Middle: Lindsey Carelli, Michael Eskenazi, Fazal Abbas, Teresa Carmody, Vernita Glenn-White
Top: Kevin Winchell, Mark West, Cristian Cuevas, Julia Metzker, Michele Randall
Not pictured: Chadley Ballantyne, Aaron Distler, Maxwell Droznin,Amber Finnicum-Simmons, Susan Peppers-Bates

Congratulations to the 2019 Brown Innovation Faculty Cohort! This cohort of Stetson faculty will spend the next year working together to develop courses that will prepare Stetson students to address community and social issues. [program information]

Faculty Fellows

Facilitators

  • Savannah-Jane Griffin – Executive Director of Community Engagement & Inclusive Excellence
  • Julia Metzker – Executive Director for the Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence

Community Coaches

Teaching Squares: Class visits

For those of you in a Teaching Square, you have hopefully scheduled your class visits by now. You are looking forward to when your colleagues will be observing your teaching and when you will have the opportunity to observe your colleagues’ teaching. Remember that Teaching Squares are intended to promote self-reflection, not peer evaluation. I hope you can approach the experience in a spirit of appreciation, and even celebration, of the important teaching work that you and your colleagues do.

Learn more about Teaching Squares.


Teaching Squares – Sign up Now!

The teaching squares project offers faculty at any stage in their career an opportunity to gain new insight into their own teaching through a non-evaluative process of reciprocal classroom observation and self-reflection. The four faculty in each “square” agree to visit one another’s classes over the course of a semester and then to meet to discuss what they’ve learned. The purpose of a Teaching Square is to open up new spaces for reflection and conversation about teaching. (more info..)

Interested?  Let us know here: RSVP: Teaching Square

Sign up deadline January 23, 2019.

Please contact the Brown Center with any questions at browncenter@stetson.edu

Teaching Squares – Sign up Now!

The teaching squares project offers faculty at any stage in their career an opportunity to gain new insight into their own teaching through a non-evaluative process of reciprocal classroom observation and self-reflection. The four faculty in each “square” agree to visit one another’s classes over the course of a semester and then to meet to discuss what they’ve learned. The purpose of a Teaching Square is to open up new spaces for reflection and conversation about teaching. (more info..)

Interested?  Let us know here: RSVP: Teaching Square

Sign up deadline January 23, 2019.

Please contact the Brown Center with any questions at browncenter@stetson.edu

Call for Applications: Brown Innovation Fellows

The Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence is seeking applications to the 2019 Brown Innovation Fellows Cohort.

Program Focus: Students Who Change the World! Building Courses That Inspire

How do we help Stetson’s students realize their “full potential as informed citizens of local communities and the world” with the capacity and desire to address societal issues?  How can we design courses that prepare students for these challenges?

Our society faces broad, complex issues that will require years of work, collaboration among individuals from different cultural and disciplinary backgrounds, and innovative, creative thinking.

The Brown Innovation Fellows program will provide faculty with the tools to be able to address issues facing our local and global community through engaging learning experiences in and out of the classroom. This program will be facilitated by the Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence and the Center for Community Engagement.

LEARN MORE AND APPLY

2018-2019 Teaching Inquiry Circle – Seeking members

The following inquiry circle is seeking members.  To join, please contact Megan O’Neill (mboneill@stetson.edu).

Why Can’t They Read?

Before students can be informed citizens of local communities and the world, they need to be able to read. It doesn’t surprise anyone in the classroom these days that students coming to college are ill-equipped to parse complex texts, identify arguments, and understand why the parts of a text function the way they do. Particularly in the first years, but continuing on after graduation, critical reading skills are vital. Many of us, however, are so deeply entrenched in our own ability to bring a critical lens to the written word that we’ve forgotten how to bring students on this journey with us.

In this teaching circle, the emphasis is on critical reading: how to teach those skills and how to assess those skills. Participants can expect to expand their range of teaching tools, understand better why students read the way they do, and share insights from their own classrooms in an effort to broaden Stetson’s bank of information about reading critically.

  • Individual participants will read selected chapters and articles on the teaching of reading skills to learn about best practices. (readings provided by Megan’ O’Neill)
  • Individuals will study their own reading habits to learn about their own blind spots. (Self reflection, written and/or oral, on reading the materials)
  • Individuals will share their stories to build community around reading strategies. (Each meeting will start with a brief story intended to jumpstart discussion around the reading topic for the meeting)

Indicate your interest in joining this teaching and learning circle by contacting Megan O’Neill (mboneill@stetson.edu)

REMINDER: End-of-semester reflection lunch, May 14th

End of Semester Reflection Lunch


When
: May 14, 2018 at 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Where: Allen Hall
Target Audience: Teaching staff and faculty

Each semester, the Brown Center hosts a structured reflection luncheon.  This is an opportunity to take some time to reflect on your teaching over the past semester while it is still fresh in your mind – and in the company of colleagues that can offer new insight.

Please communicate accommodations needed or dietary restrictions to the Brown Center at browncenter@stetson.edu

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