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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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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

FINAL CALL: Teaching Squares offered for Spring 2018 Semester

Teaching Squares are back and available for Spring 2018 semester.  Teaching Squares open up spaces for reflection and conversation about teaching to faculty at any stage in their career.

To register: RSVP: Teaching Square (deadline for Spring 2018 registration is Tuesday, January 30)

How it works …

Four faculty in each “square” agree to visit one another’s classes over the course of a semester and then have a final meeting to discuss what they’ve learned.

You will …

  •  Reflect upon your teaching practice
  •  Meet other faculty who are interested in talking about teaching and learning
  • Curious to see how others teach outside of your own discipline
  • Learn from your colleagues about other ways of teaching, evaluation, use of materials, technology and more…

To register: RSVP: Teaching Square (deadline for Spring 2018 registration is Tuesday, January 30

Spring 2018 suggested timeline:

Jan 29-Feb 1:   Brown Center assigns squares
Feb 1:  Brown Center notifies participants of assigned square
Week of Feb 5: Meet with members of your Square to discuss expectations, exchange materials and plan a preliminary schedule
Weeks of Feb 12– Mar 19:  Class visits
Weeks of Mar 26 – Apr 2: Self-reflection
Weeks of Apr 9 through week of Apr 23: Final meeting:  Meet with your Square to share reflections. ($100 allowance provided for meal reimbursement)

For more information and to review the guidelines, please visit our blog page: Teaching Squares Project

Teaching Squares offered for Spring 2018 Semester

Teaching Squares are back and available for Spring 2018 semester.  Teaching Squares open up spaces for reflection and conversation about teaching to faculty at any stage in their career.

How it works …

Four faculty in each “square” agree to visit one another’s classes over the course of a semester and then have a final meeting to discuss what they’ve learned.

You will …

  •  Reflect upon your teaching practice
  •  Meet other faculty who are interested in talking about teaching and learning
  • Curious to see how others teach outside of your own discipline
  • Learn from your colleagues about other ways of teaching, evaluation, use of materials, technology and more…

To register: RSVP: Teaching Square (deadline for Spring 2018 registration is Tuesday, January 30

Spring 2018 suggested timeline:

Jan 29-Feb 1:   Brown Center assigns squares
Feb 1:  Brown Center notifies participants of assigned square
Week of Feb 5: Meet with members of your Square to discuss expectations, exchange materials and plan a preliminary schedule
Weeks of Feb 12– Mar 19:  Class visits
Weeks of Mar 26 – Apr 2: Self-reflection
Weeks of Apr 9 through week of Apr 23: Final meeting:  Meet with your Square to share reflections. ($100 allowance provided for meal reimbursement)

For more information and to review the guidelines, please visit our blog page: Teaching Squares Project

After Hurricane Irma: Revised deadlines for Brown Center Programs

Due to Hurricane Irma, the following dates have been updated for various programs in the Brown Center:

Upcoming Opportunities

Teaching Squares: Would you like to have an opportunity to reflect upon your teaching practice? Would you like to meet other faculty who are interested in talking about teaching and learning? Are you curious to see how others teach outside your own discipline? If so, Teaching Squares are for you.
Interest Deadline: September 20
Learn more and apply


Innovative Course Design Workshop Series: This workshop series will use backward design to develop courses that foster essential learning through engagement with enduring and contemporary questions.
Sign up by September 20th
Learn more and sign-up


Brown Innovation Fellows demonstrate cutting edge Innovation across diverse aspects of the teacher-scholar role to foster lifelong excellence in learning.  The Program Focus is Inclusive Pedagogies.
Application Deadline: September 25
Learn more and apply


Teaching and Inquiry Circles support learning and scholarly productivity by bringing colleagues together to study, learn, share and engage with each other.
Rolling Deadline: Applications reviewed as long as funding is available.
Learn more and apply


Writing Lockdowns:  The monthly Writer’s Lockdown Program offers focused time, effort, and support for faculty writers to immerse in and boost their writing projects. We provide the space, some food, and peace of mind. You provide the words. Bring your laptop and materials, spread out over a table and work.
Reserve your spot now!

Hosting signup here: Host a Lockdown

Submit your interest in a teaching square by September 20!

SQUARES HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED FOR 2017-18.  APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.

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” visit one another’s classes over the course of a semester and then share with each other what they’ve learned. The purpose of a Teaching Square is to open up new spaces for reflection and conversation about teaching.

Click here for more information about Teaching Squares