What is a Teaching Circle?

  • Pat Hutchings, in her book Making Teaching Community Property, defines a Teaching Circle as “a small group of faculty who make a commitment to work together over a period of at least a semester to address questions and concerns about the particulars of their teaching and their students’ learning.”   

    In practice, “work together” can mean a variety of things, and groups have organized themselves in different ways to accomplish their goals. Some meet every two weeks, some less frequently; some combine socializing with working, some even reconstitute themselves year after year with new goals and plans. It’s easier, in some ways, to work alone. So, why go to all this effort to work with others? See Why Should I Join a Teaching Circle for answers!