TLL Awards 59 Teaching Certificates to Graduate Students

By Leann Dobranski, Assistant Director, Teaching and Learning Laboratory

Joyce Lawrence receives certificate from Dean Daniel HastingsThe Teaching and Learning Laboratory successfully completed its second year of the Graduate Student Teaching Certificate Program this spring. Deans Hastings and Lerman presented certificates to 59 students at a graduation ceremony and reception held on Monday, May 17, 2010. Over 160 graduate students (many of whom are currently TAs) from 26 departments participated in the program in 2009-10.

Workshops are designed for students with a variety of interests and career goals: from those who wish to develop better skills to support their teaching at MIT, to those who are planning careers in academe. Participants complete seven teaching workshops plus a microteaching session, as well as relevant readings and writing exercises to practice, reflect on and plan for their future teaching. One participant explained, “I'm really glad I took this program. It's great to talk to people at MIT who think teaching is of the utmost importance. I am always fascinated by hearing other points of view.”

Janet Rankin, TLL Associate Director and Program Instructor, shared, “Participation continues to exceed our expectations. It’s been wonderful to have so many MIT grad students coming together throughout the year for lively exchanges of teaching and learning related ideas.” Registration for next year’s program will open later this summer and TLL expects to continue the program’s momentum in 2010-11.