The PBEA-PLC program has concluded, but the friendships and learning experiences that were earned will not be forgotten. All members of the team from the Iowa State University campus are grateful for the opportunity to work with PBEA-PLC and hope that this program continues to build relationships and knowledge about international professional learning communities. Please read the final report for additional information about the outcomes of this program.
The PBEA-PLC program may have drawn to a close, but the impacts that it has had will continue on in the classrooms and the relationships that this program have created. One way that you can keep this project going is to SHARE it! Please share the video attached with friends, colleagues, and students. Let's get the word out into the world about the great work that this association of professionals has conducted!!
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Teaching Squares is an informal feedback strategy used by faculty to improve their teaching practice through peer discussion and reflection. Teaching Squares can be utilized across disciplines and in different classrooms to allow for greater diversity of experience!
Teaching Squares give faculty the opportunity to observe the teaching skills of peers, and if possible, learn ways to implement new techniques into the classroom. In addition, Teaching Squares allows faculty to watch and appreciate the craftsmanship and skill that is required to teach in different domains.
In order to implement a Teaching Square, find three faculty partners to participate and follow the 4 simple steps listed below:
(1) observe three lectures by each of their partners
(2) reflect on their observation
(3) share their reflections with their partners
(4) upon conclusion of all observations, gather as a group and share.
By sharing responsibility, reflecting, and providing quality constructive feedback to other participants, faculty are able to improve lectures and classroom skills in a safe and meaningful manner!
Try and think of a few faculty you could learn from to build your own Teaching Square!