Teaching Philosophy

Volume 27, Issue 4, December 2004

Steven M. Cahn
Pages 321-323

Teaching Graduate Students to Teach

This paper describes a fourteen-week course titled “Teaching Philosophy” whose goal was to prepare new teachers on how to provide effective instruction to undergraduates. The author recounts a number of the benefits that result from teaching new instructors how to teach: slower and clearer instruction, better attention to motivating topics, as well as the capacity to present material in a more organized way. In addition to providing feedback from students who took the course, the author contends that these types of courses provide an important step toward more effective teaching.