Teaching Squares

Teaching Squares

This program is on hiatus for the 2018-19 year.

Teaching Squares Flyer

Would you like to:

  • Re-energize your teaching?
  • Talk with colleagues about best practices for teaching?
  • Ignite your passion for teaching?
  • Reflect on your own teaching practices?
  • Observe other instructors in the classroom?
  • Create collaborative connections with other faculty members?

Teaching Squares (face-to-face instructors)

The purpose of the Teaching Squares program is to improve teaching skills and build community through a non-threatening process of classroom observation and shared reflection. The process involves the best aspects of peer evaluation — observation and discussion — while excluding judgment and evaluation. "Squares" are usually comprised of four faculty members from diverse disciplines who observe each others' classes. Participants in a square learn about the best practices of other faculty in order to improve their own teaching.

By participating in Teaching Squares you will have an opportunity to:

  • Observe, analyze, and celebrate good teaching,
  • Increase your understanding of and appreciation for the work of your colleagues, and
  • Enhance your own teaching based on the shared observations and reflections of your Square partners.

Participants typically spend ten hours during one term in Teaching Squares activities, which includes: initial meeting, three Classroom visits, Square share session with your peers, and a Wrap-Up meeting. Participants will receive a $300 stipend upon completion of the prgram.

If you are interested in participating in the Teaching Squares program during Winter term, please email the following information to the Faculty Professional Development Coordinator (bartleya@lanecc.edu) by November 29, 2016:

  • Name
  • Department/Division
  • Discipline
  • Class schedule for Winter
  • Any additional limitations on your availability
  • Number of years teaching and number of years at Lane
  • Any additional comments

Consult the Teaching Squares and Teaching Pairs Flyer for more information.

Reimbursement Form 

Participants should print the reimbursement form, fill it out, and turn it in with itemized receipt(s) to Leah Smith (Bldg 16, rm 166) for dinner reimbursement. Please note: reimbursements cannot be made for alcohol or amounts that exceed per diem rates.

For additional information, please contact the FPD Coordinator, Aryn Bartley, bartleya@lanecc.edu.