Keep in Mind That These are Neither Committees Nor Simply social Groups

  • Committees are working groups that focus on efficiency and getting business done.  Teaching Circles are more like development teams.  They spend a great deal of their time shaping their purpose, defining their goals, and exploring how individuals might best contribute to the group gestalt. They are safe places for learning, exploration, change, and accomplishment at various levels.  Effective Teaching Circle meetings are marked by creative discourses on problems of and solutions for difficulties in teaching.  So don’t try to solve all your problems in one semester but attempt to accomplish at least one thing, no matter how modest.