SOC 398t • Supervised Teaching in Sociology
4:00 PM-7:00 PM
This course fulfills the departmental requirement for teaching assistants and the university requirement for assistant instructors. Its guiding theme is that good teaching can be learned; everyone is capable of being a competent and effective instructor. We will address all aspects of teaching: applied learning theory, relationships with students and with supervising professors, course development, evaluation of student learning, lecture preparation and delivery, and interactive methods such as discussion, group work, case studies, etc. Students will get hands-on practice in test composition, lecture preparation, and grading.
This is a professional development course. We will cover the basic components of teaching portfolios that are part of an academic career. Good course preparation techniques will allow you to combine future teaching and research roles more efficiently. Practice in presenting will enhance your success as teachers, job-seekers, and participants at professional meetings. There are certain pitfalls to avoid in teaching, and certain techniques that will improve teaching. That said, there are many ways to be an effective teacher. The ultimate goal of this course is to help you find your own teaching style and pedagogical philosophy; these will make your teaching career both more effective and more rewarding.
Wilbert J. McKeachie and Marilla Svinicki. 2006. Teaching Tips: Strategies, Research, and Theory for College and University Teachers, 12th edition; and course packet.