C. Instructional practice
|Learning about teaching||Instructional practice||Mentorship on teaching||Reflection on instructional practice
To practice teaching and reflect on student learning, participants must complete:
Two terms of teaching at U-M
A consultation on teaching at U-M
If you were a GSI for the same course in two different semesters, you must submit separate documentation for each GSI appointment. You may submit documentation for GSI appointments completed before participating in this program.
Participation in the U-M Graduate Teacher Certificate Program does NOT guarantee participants a GSI appointment. To locate and apply for a GSI position, contact the GSI Coordinator for the department(s) in which you would like to teach or visit the University of Michigan Academic Human Resources web site to review GSI job postings (http://www.hr.umich.edu/acadhr/grads/postings.html). Please note that individual departments coordinate hiring for GSI positions. CRLT does not oversee or coordinate GSI appointments.
Documentation for items 1 and 2 above must be verified by the course supervisor or consultant. The process of verifying a GSI appointment or consultation has several steps:
- Submit documentation for your GSI appointment or consultation on the My Dashboard page. Include the correct uniqname for the appropriate course/GSI supervisor or consultant.
- An automatically generated e-mail is then sent to the course supervisor or consultant, requesting verification.
- Via a secure website, the course supervisor or consultant verifies your documentation. Course supervisors and consultants do NOT evaluate your teaching or divulge confidential consultation contents. Nor will their responses be shared with individual departments for use in GSI hiring decisions or departmental teaching evaluations.
- After receiving faculty verification, CRLT staff update the status of your documentation, which can be viewed on the My Dashboard page.
Participants are responsible for securing verification from faculty and consultants. Please expect a time lag of at least two weeks for receipt of faculty or consultant verification and an additional time lag for CRLT staff to update the status of your submission after receiving faculty verification. If you have questions about or problems requesting faculty or consultant verification, please send an e-mail to UMGraduateTeacherCertificate@umich.edu.
Consultations on Reports of Student Ratings:
Copies of your student ratings may be requested from the departments coordinating your past GSI appointments or from the Office of Evaluations and Exams (http://www.umich.edu/~eande/). CRLT does not administer, coordinate, oversee, or archive student ratings.
Resources and Support:
CRLT Consultations on Teaching
CRLT staff are available to consult with individual GSIs who want to discuss their teaching. Consultations are confidential. To arrange a free consultation, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 764-0505. Several types of consultations are available:
- Midterm Student Feedback: The consultant observes the class and, in the last 25 minutes, you turn the class over and leave the room so that the consultant can gather student feedback. The consultant clarifies and records student responses and discusses the observation and student feedback with you afterward.
- Classroom Observation: The consultant observes your class and then discusses it with you.
- Classroom Videotaping: The consultant videotapes your class, then you watch parts of the tape and discuss them with the consultant.
- Consultation on Student Ratings: You and the consultant review and discuss reports on your student ratings that you obtained from your teaching department or the Office of Evaluations and Exams.
Graduate Student Mentor Consultations on Teaching
Many departments across campus employ one or more experienced GSIs as Graduate Student Mentors who provide support to GSIs. GSMs are trained to provide the consultations listed above. You may contact GSMs directly to arrange a consultation. Check with the Graduate Student Coordinator in your department to locate or identify your GSM.