Teaching Mentor Program

DESCRIPTION

The Teaching Mentor Program is a unique opportunity for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to receive feedback on their teaching and classroom management approaches from peers in their own teaching environment. Four to five participants will work together and visit each other’s classes, tutorials or labs* over the course of the semester.

*If a group member does not have active teaching duties, this member may give a one-hour mock teaching session.

Outcomes

As part of this program, participants:

  • receive written and verbal feedback on their teaching from their peers
  • provide constructive, specific, written, and verbal feedback to their peers.

Participants are also encouraged to:

  • apply great teaching strategies that they observe to their own teaching
  • reflect upon the feedback they receive
  • incorporate positive colleague written feedback into their teaching dossier.

What to expect

Participants are placed in small groups and engage in reciprocal teaching observations with each member of the group, providing both verbal and written feedback to one another during a final meeting.

Program Information

Upcoming Sessions

Winter 2019 Organizational Meeting: January 25, 11:00am-12:00pm

Audience

Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars

Registration

Instructions for Organizational Meeting

  1. Login to CareerCentral using your Western username and password.
  2. Go to the Centre for Teaching and Learning section and select Event Calendar.
  3. Search for and select the event you wish to register in. Details and a description of the program will appear.
  4. Select the Register for this Event button. If the event has reached capacity, you may have the option to register on the waitlist.
  5. You will receive an automated confirmation email to your Western email account. 

At the meeting, participants will be introduced to their assigned groups and will begin scheduling peer observations.

If you have any questions or problems registering for this event, please consult our help guide or contact ctl@uwo.ca.

Information for Mock Teaching and Final Feedback Sessions

After the organizational meeting, CTL rooms will be available at specified times for mock teaching and feedback sessions. To book a time, please

  1. Login to CareerCentral using your Western username and password.
  2. Go to the Centre for Teaching and Learning section and select Event Calendar.
  3. Search for events called Invite-only Mentor Program Session
  4. Select the Register for this Event button.
  5. You will receive an automated confirmation email to your Western email account. 

These mentor group sessions are intended for one-hour mock teaching lectures OR a final feedback session for your group. Let the facilitator know when you arrive whether you are participating in a mock teaching session or a feedback session.

Only one member per group needs to sign up for the final feedback session.

Prerequisites / Recommended Preparation

None (active TA duties not required)

Completion Requirements

To complete the program, students must attend the organizational meeting (one hour), observe a one-hour teaching segment for each group member (three-four hours), engage in a final feedback discussion and provide each group member with written feedback (one hour).

Offered

Typically twice per year (organizational meetings are held Jan/Feb and Sept/Oct).

Applies to the following certificates

Western Certificate in University Teaching and Learning

 

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Testimonial from past participant

“I enjoyed attending the lectures/tutorials of my group members and learned about various active learning strategies used in different departments. The flexibility of the TMP made the program very unique and stress-free for graduate students with a lot of things on their plates. The constructive comments I received from my group members will help me design my future lectures.”