Teaching Mentor Program
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.
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.
Current graduate students and postdoctoral scholars
- Login to Western Connect using your Western username and password.
- Go to the Centre for Teaching and Learning section. Select Event Calendar and select the event you wish to register in. Details and a description of the program will appear.
- Select the Register for this Event button. If the event has reached capacity, you may have the option to register on the waitlist.
- 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.
Prerequisites / Recommended Preparation
None (active TA duties not required)
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).
Typically twice per year (organizational meetings are held Jan/Feb and Sept/Oct).
Applies to the following certificates
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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.”