Why Should I Join a Teaching Circle?

  • We are often isolated in our classrooms, and visits from our peers are rare and usually connected to assessment and evaluation. Our frustrations and successes may be shared informally and briefly, even with colleagues in our department. There is little opportunity for long-term discussion, reflection, or the accomplishment of a shared goal or goals. Because of the demands of our work, we may often interact with those outside our department only on university committees. 

    Friendships, a growing sense of community, a heightened sense of possibilities, and a renewed energy for teaching are some of the intangible outcomes of participation in a Teaching Circle, while better syllabi, clearer assignments, new ways of assessing learning and teaching, grants for special projects, and greater depth of knowledge about a particular aspect of technology are all possible tangible outcomes, depending upon the group’s goals.

    The outcomes—both knowledge and more concrete products—of Teaching Circles can lead to scholarly publications and presentations at conferences.