Improving Your Teaching

This program empowers and prepares graduate students with teaching skills to thrive both at Princeton and in a variety of careers inside and outside of the academy.  From the first time you step into the Princeton classroom as an Assistant in Instruction, McGraw offers you an orientation to help you prepare. Later, you can request consultations about and observations of your teaching. At any time, graduate students who are interested in learning more about pedagogy can participate in workshops, or take McGraw’s transcripted teaching seminar. McGraw also offers the Teaching Transcript, which is a program culminating in a certificate acknowledging the completion of pedagogy-related work that can be used in job applications.

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Teaching Seminar

CTL 501: Scholarly Approaches to Teaching and Learning, McGraw’s popular teaching seminar has now become an official part of the curriculum.

AI Orientation

Required by the Graduate School of all first-time AIs at Princeton, AI Orientation offers teaching strategies specific to your discipline, teaching practice, feedback from experienced teachers, and information about campus pedagogical resources.

Class Observations & Instructional Consultations

AIs and other instructors can arrange for an observation from the McGraw Center to virtually observe a class meeting and provide confidential constructive feedback.

Teaching Transcript Program

The Teaching Transcript Program provides Princeton graduate students and postdoctoral researchers opportunities to develop as self-reflective teachers who identify what they want their students to learn and then create strategies to promote and assess that learning.

Online resources and technical support for Zoom and Canvas

Zoom video conferencing has been integrated with Canvas. It can also be accessed outside of any learning management system.  Instructors can use Zoom to conduct live sessions, either if some or all students are joining remotely. Instructors can also use it to record and post lectures.

Teaching Equitably and Inclusively

Creating an inclusive community requires us all to consider how the experiences of Princeton’s students from underrepresented groups are respected and reflected in social life, university culture, and course curriculum.