This Week for Graduate Students: Practice Your Teaching Through Microteaching

by | Feb 14, 2023


Want to practice a new in-class activity or just get some more practice before teaching in your classroom? Join peers in a Microteaching Practice session where you will divide into groups of 3-4 with a facilitator and take turns delivering short samples of instruction to each other. After each teaching sample, your facilitator and your peers will offer structured feedback to support your teaching. Whether you are currently teaching at Columbia or not, all graduate students looking to practice teaching are welcome to attend this Microteaching Practice session. 

Date: Thursday, February 23, 2023 
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Butler Library, Room 204

Microteaching satisfies the Application and Practice requirement for the Teaching Development Program.

Journal Club

Are you interested in learning about educational research? Join us this spring for CTLgrads Journal Club. Every other week we will meet for lively and informal discussion on Tuesday afternoons, starting February 21. This semester we’ll be discussing more chapters from the recently published book Teaching Gradually: Practical Pedagogy for Graduate Students. Many of our discussions will be held with chapter authors. CTLgrads Journal Club sessions are open to Columbia graduate students and postdocs, who are welcome to join us for individual sessions or for the whole series. Participants can join in-person in Butler 204 or online. 

  • February 21, 2023, 1:10 PM – 2:25 PM | Register
  • March 7, 2023, 1:10 PM – 2:25 PM | Register
  • March 21, 2023 1:10 PM – 2:25 PM | Register
  • April 4, 2023, 1:10 PM – 2:25 PM | Register
  • April 18, 2023, 1:10 PM – 2:25 PM | Register


Introduction to CTL Fellowships (LTF, TOF, TAF)

Are you looking for ways to extend your pedagogical development? Would you like to be more involved with the Center for Teaching and Learning? Join the CTL’s Graduate Student Programs and Services team to learn more about paid fellowship opportunities at the CTL that provide Columbia doctoral students (and in some cases, MFA students at SOA) with sustained professional development experience. This information session is one of two that will be offered in Spring 2023 and will focus on the following opportunities: 

In this session, CTL staff will review all fellowship opportunities available to graduate students. They will then be joined by current and past fellows in each of the above programs to share the expectations, development opportunities, and timelines for applying to each fellowship. At the end of the session, participants will be invited to ask questions in an interactive Q&A. 

Date: Friday, March 3, 2023 
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Location: Butler Library 212

Upcoming Lead Teaching Fellow Event

The 45 2022-23 Lead Teaching Fellows are running workshops and discussions in departments all around Columbia. These are generally advertised locally. Below is an upcoming event that is open to participants beyond the LTF’s home department.

LTF events count towards track completion in the Teaching Development Program.

Avoiding Bad Practices when Writing Responses and Papers

When talking about academic integrity, Columbia University aligns with the six values of the ICAI (International Center for Academic Integrity): Honesty, Trust, Respect, Responsibility, Courage. The phrase “Wear the Crown with Honor” is also common knowledge in our community. However, as instructors we have encountered ourselves with responses or papers wrongly quoted, Google translated or even plagiarized. In this workshop, we will discuss what activities we can put into practice as instructors (preventive work) to make sure that our students show an honest and ethical intellectual behavior, correctly paraphrase and approach different sources, and do not fall into the temptation of quoting intellectual work without giving credit to the authors.

This event is led by Lead Teaching Fellow Ramon Flores Pinedo (Latin American and Iberian Cultures). It is open to all students.

Date & Time: Tuesday, February 21, 4:00-5:30 pm
Location: Casa Hispánica, 612 W 116th St, Room 206
Registration: email

Consultations & Office Hours

The CTL provides graduate students and postdocs with consultations at all points in their teaching career. These include consultations on teaching statements, professional development, preparing for the job market, teaching online, and general teaching-related support. Request a consultation.

Office Hours
Live office hours for graduate students are being held each Friday from 2:00 – 4:00 pm ET. Current Columbia graduate students seeking guidance on teaching approaches and tactics, preparing materials for teaching portfolios, or completing tracks in the Teaching Development Program are invited to drop in, no appointment necessary – in-person in 212 Butler or online via Zoom (