Welcome to “GSR 979: Introductory Instructional Skills.” This course is designed for graduate students interested in learning some teaching skills and concepts for surviving and thriving in your first teaching role. Our hope is that you will leave the course more confident and prepared for teaching your first class, tutorial, or lab.
Throughout the course, the instructors will model a variety of teaching strategies and approaches: in this way, you will begin to identify strategies that you may experiment with and implement in your own practice. We will be transparent about the theory that grounds the practical skills taught in the course, illuminating the notion that teaching is scholarship. In addition, we encourage you to embrace a reflective teaching practice as a basis for future
While this course will not earn you credit, it will appear on your transcript. It is imperative that you maintain attendance, and complete all course activities, readings, and assignments to pass the course.
Graduate students with some teaching experience should consider taking the two-term course, GSR 989: Philosophy and Practice of University Teaching, that delves more deeply into teaching theory and philosophy, in addition to teaching practices.
Course Syllabus (from Winter 2014)
To take GSR 979, you must be registered as a graduate student. We ask that only those apply who are committed to attending each class, and to completing all activities, readings, and assignments, since enrolment in the course is limited to 30 students and spaces are valuable. Post-doctoral fellows may also enrol in the course with permission of the instructor.
To successfully complete the course, students will need to:
- Develop and deliver micro-teaching lesson plans
- Create an assessment rubric
The required textbook for the course is Tools for Teaching, the Second Edition, by Barbara Gross Davis, available in the Campus Bookstore.
Registration is completed via PAWS.
Space in the course is determined on a first come, first served basis. 18 students will be able to register.
Inquiries may be directed to Ryan Banow by email or phone (306) 966-5508.