At York the Teaching Commons (TC) Teaching Wheels program is a variation on the very successful Teaching Squares Program. It is designed to support classroom practice by building community through a non-evaluative process of classroom observation and shared reflection. The focus is what you as a visitor learns from observing your Wheel partners. Read more about Teaching Squares in this Faculty Focus article “Teaching Squares Bring Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives“.
Benefits of participating in a Teaching Wheel
Teaching Wheels provide an opportunity in a safe and mutually supportive environment for you to:
- Observe, reflect on and celebrate good teaching and learning
- Increase your understanding and appreciation of the work of colleagues
- Gather ideas for developing your teaching and learning repertoire
- Formulate a plan for trying out and developing new approaches and
- Enhance your teaching based on your own observations and reflections
What is expected of a Teaching Wheel participant
- Attend a 1 hr kick-off meeting and a 1 hr wrap-up meeting
- Observe at least two classes taught by two different Wheel partners
- Reflect on the class observation experience
- Share reflections with the Wheel partner
- Invite at least two other Wheel partners to observe your class
- Share Wheel observations with other Wheel members and other Wheels
At the kick-off meeting, you will form your groups and arrange the observation schedule.
To register for the Fall 2018 kick-off meeting:
- Thursday, September 20, 2018 from 1:30 – 2:30 in DB 1014 please visit http://teachingcommonsforms.apps01.yorku.ca/forms/view.php?id=526634
The Winter 2019 kick-off meeting will be held in late January 2019.
Contact Barbara Kerr email@example.com if you would like more information