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What qualifies as teaching experience?
Posted 31 July 2011 - 06:16 PM
Posted 01 August 2011 - 08:08 PM
When I applied for my first job, I had student-taught, but I also listed other experience. I used to do SAT tutoring, both in-classroom (at a couple of local high schools, I taught prep classes) and one-on-one. In high school, I had volunteered in our school's tutoring center, and in college I had worked with an outreach program to teach math to 4th and 5th graders to at-risk students.
Based on past job applications (like, my first teaching job), I would say that any situation in which you've had to guide or teach students, whether it was one-on-one or in a classroom setting, regardless of whether it was volunteer or paid, qualifies as teaching experience. I would say to list it, and try to emphasize the teaching parts of it - any type of instructional guidance you've provided.
Some people, for example, list teaching Sunday School - it counts. What they would like to see is that you have some experience in front of a group of students, and/or that you have taught things to others.
Wording is EVERYTHING. If you assisted people in a lab, for example, word it as, "guided students in..." or "instructed..." instead of "assisted," for example. Use words that imply there was some type of teaching involved, as opposed to, for example, you were just there in the lab making sure they didn't destroy the computers
Hope that helps!
Posted 01 August 2011 - 08:32 PM
Posted 01 August 2011 - 08:44 PM
If the posting is ambiguous, it might mean that spinning the experiences you do have (a la Teacher4PhD) would be possible.
Posted 01 August 2011 - 08:53 PM
Thanks for answering! So I'm thinking that if the experience you described was enough for you to get a teaching job, then my experience should be enough to get me the sort of jobs I have been looking at. Most of them have involved working with the public, educating people, etc. I hate when they are ambiguous about qualifications. "Teaching experience" doesn't really tell you much.
Well, to clarify, I didn't get hired as a teacher based only on that... I also had student-taught under two master teachers by this point. But those types of experiences would have been okay for getting hired as a sub, for example.
Posted 01 August 2011 - 08:57 PM
Teacher4Phd - Thanks for clarifying. I still think I'm on the right track based on what you said though. The jobs I was looking at weren't teaching jobs, they just want applicants to have teaching experience (presumably) because they would be working with the public and educating them on things.
Posted 01 August 2011 - 09:05 PM
Posted 01 August 2011 - 09:53 PM
I would imagine it might be a bit different for the kind of job's you describe, however.
Posted 02 August 2011 - 04:19 AM
Posted 02 August 2011 - 03:28 PM
I know other professors have been similarly helpful, if they know that's the direction you're going in. You had mentioned talking to your department, but sometimes talking to a close professor can work too- they can help you get in on whatever they're teaching in a more official capacity.
Posted 02 August 2011 - 06:09 PM
Posted 02 August 2011 - 06:17 PM
Posted 02 August 2011 - 09:08 PM
Posted 02 August 2011 - 10:25 PM
They're working to set up "mentoring" teaching programs, wherein the professor is still the "teacher" of record, but with a senior graduate student listed as a co-teacher.
Edited by Eigen, 02 August 2011 - 10:25 PM.
Posted 03 August 2011 - 02:26 AM
Posted 13 February 2012 - 04:09 PM
Posted 13 February 2012 - 04:31 PM
The only discussion I've heard is in relation to getting hired at the college level for teaching- and there indeed, most schools seem to be of the opinion that TAing is not "teaching experience", and that the real "teaching experience" they're looking for is that you've taken a class from start to finish, and can do that.
I think this really depends on the department. In my department, TAs teach their own discussion sections, teach lab sections, and serve as instructor of record for courses they design. I've done the latter on four occasions and if that doesn't count as "real teaching experience" then there's no chance I'll ever get anything better.
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Posted 01 March 2012 - 05:25 AM
Accepted : Brock, McMaster,McMaster (Globalization)
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Posted 02 March 2012 - 04:30 AM
Woundering if anyone can answer this question. So are there ever instances where a grad student would teach their own course while they are in their program? I'm going into an MA program, there is no PhD program in the department, and curious what might happen. Have read elsewhere on the boards that grad students do teach their own courses. Also, anyone know what the deal is with summer courses? Can you get to teach those in an MA?
It really depends on the program or department. I don't know any masters level students that teach their own course in my program or even the larger umbrella school it belongs to. Most of us are either graders or we do the lab sections. I did a little more stuff for the very last class I was a TA for, but I had to follow everything that the professor had set out. I know students in other programs though that get to teach their own courses from start to finish, they create their own syllabus and everything. These students are mostly in the humanities. I don't know much about it works in humanities, but maybe it is just something that is more commonly done overall. Don't quote me on that though.
As for summer courses, my school doesn't offer a ton of summer courses for TA opportunities are very limited.
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