This Week for Graduate Students: Microteaching—Practice Your Teaching!

by | Feb 7, 2022


Want to get a little more practice before trying out a teaching activity? Curious about how others are approaching instruction? Join peers in a Microteaching Practice session, in which you 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 peers will offer structured and supportive feedback. Whether you are currently teaching at Columbia or not, you are welcome to attend Microteaching Practice sessions.

Upcoming Session: Tuesday, February 15, 2:00-4:00 PM, Butler 204

Microteaching sessions count towards completion of CTL’s Teaching Development Program (TDP) for graduate students.

CTLgrads Journal Club

Are you interested in learning about educational research? This informal discussion community is an opportunity to be introduced to research on teaching and learning in various disciplines (also known as Discipline-Based Education Research, or DBER), and to discuss articles and books with CTL staff and other graduate students and postdocs.

Join us every other week for lively and informal discussion on Wednesday afternoons, starting February 8, via Zoom. This semester we’ll be discussing chapters from the recently published book Teaching Gradually: Practical Pedagogy for Graduate Students. Many of our discussions will be held with chapter authors, several of whom are currently at Columbia

Journal Club sessions count towards completion of CTL’s Teaching Development Program (TDP) for graduate students.

Upcoming LTF Event

How Have You Changed As an Instructor? Reflecting on Pedagogical Growth & Learning from Feedback 

This event is geared towards instructors who have taught at least one course in the past, and therefore can reflect on the transformation of their pedagogical styles as well as the type of feedback they have received, such as student evaluations. We hope to create a productive space in which to unpack the evaluations we might receive as instructors: when to accept them, when to set them aside, and how to evaluate them in turn. Not all of us are evaluated identically (let alone equally), yet there aren’t all that many venues to air those different experiences and figure out how to navigate them!

This event is led by Lead Teaching Fellow Aya Labanieh (English and Comp. Lit.). It is open to all graduate students, regardless of discipline. 

Date & Time: Wednesday, February 9, 4:00 pm
Location: 208 Butler Library 
To register: Email with “LTF Event” in the subject-line. Advanced registration encouraged but not required.