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Peer Teaching Circles

Teaching circles are a short-term commitment for long-term gain allowing members to affirm their teaching practices, develop community and identify personal teaching goals. Rather than being an evaluative process, teaching circles provide instructors with an opportunity for self-reflection by observing the practices of colleagues.

“Creativity requires the freedom to consider the ‘unthinkable’ alternatives, to doubt the worth of cherished practices” -  John Gardner, Leadership Writer.

Join a Peer Circle

Benefits of Peer Circles

  • Brescia’s teaching circles are small and interdisciplinary, meaning you’re exposed to different teaching styles from other instructors.
  • The main purpose of joining a teaching circle is your  personal  development as a teacher. You are not giving, or receiving, critical feedback on anyone’s teaching. Instead, it’s an opportunity to get new ideas, develop meaningful connections with fellow instructors and gain confidence in your own teaching expertise.
  • Brescia’s Peer Circles are rooted in self reflexive practice. You’ll be encouraged to develop future teaching goals for your own practice in a supportive, confidential environment.

Responsibilities of Members

Teaching Circles are a one term, or four-month commitment. As a participant, you agree to:

  1. Complete background reading (30 minuets)
  2. Attend one meeting at the beginning of the term to meet your Circle-mates (1 hour)
  3. Observe the teaching of another Circle-mate (1 x 3 hours)
  4. Attend a follow-up meeting (1 hour)
  5. Complete a survey for the ALT Centre (15 minuets) 

Members are encouraged to use a ‘beginner’s mindset’: there are no leaders or mentors in our circles, which is why we’ve emphasized them as  Peer Circles. We all have something to learn from one another, regardless of our level of teaching experience.