Take the Time to Reflect on Your Group’s Progress at Several Points Along the Way and Celebrate Your Group’s Success

  • Have your goals changed somewhat as you’ve worked together?  Was your original goal unrealistic?  Are you working at a speed that doesn’t allow you depth or time for reflection?  What are you learning and how are you using that new knowledge?  What benefits are you gaining?  What has been problematic? This kind of discussion often leads to new directions or points out underlying divisions that need to be addressed.  If a group member loses interest, can the group shift to accommodate new interests?  If not, contact the Reflective Practice Co-director for Cross-disciplinary and Department Teaching Circles to see what other groups may be of more interest to the member. 

    Cross-Disciplinary Teaching Circle (CTC) and Department Teaching Circle (DTC) Example:  Attempts to make discussion more productive don’t seem to work.  The group talks it over, and decides that since the research and discussion/planning portion of their goal took much of the first semester, there was little time to make changes late in the semester with their particular courses.  So they begin to work on their next semester’s syllabi, including more information on discussion and building in more time for it.  They set new goals for the second semester.  One person in the group will be on sabbatical, but another person wants to join. After discussion, they feel the new person can be brought up to speed by using the bibliography and selected readings, and the group reorients itself.