Consultations & Class Visits
Instructors may make an appointment to meet with a McGraw Center instructional consultant. Consultation services are designed to respond to requests concerning teaching, course design and student learning. These non-evaluative consultations may address any number of topics, including but not limited to:
- preparing a syllabus or teaching philosophy statement
- leading discussions or problem sets
- trying out new approaches or techniques in lecture, lab or precept
- grading student work.
We do review Statements of Teaching Philosophy for participants in our Teaching Transcript program but recommend that you read our web pages and FAQs on writing teaching statements as you write or revise your statement and before you request a meeting.
AIs and other instructors can arrange for a consultant from the McGraw Center to observe a lecture, lab or precept and provide confidential constructive feedback. Classroom visits are generally preceded by a brief meeting in which the instructor describes his or her objectives for the session and may suggest what he or she would like the observer to focus on. After the class session, the consultant and instructor meet for a descriptive, non-evaluative discussion of the class with feedback for the instructor. If the instructor indicates interest in changing aspects of his or her teaching, the consultant can suggest information resources or strategies for doing so.
As part of the class visit, instructors may wish to set aside the last 5-10 minutes of class for the consultant to get feedback on the class from students, with or without the instructor present.
For participants in McGraw’s Teaching Transcript program, we can arrange videotaping equipment so that the instructor is provided with a record to review before the follow-up meeting with McGraw staff. In the follow-up meeting, the McGraw consultant addresses moments of the class of particular interest to the instructor.
As you watch your video, we offer some considerations to keep in mind and questions to help focus your viewing on important teaching issues