The Groundwork Program:
Teaching Training for Graduate Students
(May 23-25, 2018)
The Groundwork Program (Groundwork) is an opportunity for graduate students at Texas Tech University to learn more about teaching in the college classroom. Groundwork is a face-to-face, 2 ½ day program of workshops, discussions, and micro-teaching opportunities. Participants in Groundwork will be exposed to fundamentals of college teaching such as syllabus and student learning outcome creation, classroom management, active learning, and other strategies for engaging students.
One of the most notable parts of Groundwork is the microteaching opportunity. Microteaching has been used for decades to help teachers get practical, hands-on experience in teaching in a supportive environment with feedback. In the Groundwork Program, you'll teach a ten-minute mini-lesson to your peer group, followed by feedback from your peers and a Groundwork facilitator. Moreover, these lessons will be videotaped, giving you a chance to view your own teaching from the students' perspective. On Friday, you'll meet again in your groups to discuss your experiences.
Groundwork is open to all Texas Tech Master's, Doctoral, and Post-Doctoral students who submit an application and are accepted to participate. A teaching appointment is NOT required and students graduating in December 2017 are eligible to participate. Past Groundwork participants and current and former TEACH Program Fellows are ineligible. Groundwork will be limited to 40 participants.
Applications for the next Groundwork Program (May 23-25, 2018) will open on March 26, 2018 and will be due April 30, 2018. If you are interested in participating in Groundwork but are unavailable in May, please consider applying for the January, 2019 cohort. Applications for the January 2019 cohort will open by the end of October 2018.
Please note that there are only a limited number of positions in this program and applications are primarily evaluated on the narrative responses you provide. Once you've submitted your application, you will receive an email confirming that it has been submitted. For questions or additional information, please contact Adam Smith.
Comments from Past Participants:
- “Useful, practical techniques I can implement NOW. Great instructors, who are fun,
funny, engaging, love what they do and are passionate about it.”
- “The breadth of topics covered was really great. I had many of my questions and concerns about teaching answered. The staff and instructors were all really engaging and welcoming as well.”
- “The instructors/counselors were great role models who practiced what they preached and made everything we learned real for us by actually teaching at a high level. The coursework covered all the dollar issues and did so effectively. The grouping allowed us to meet with students/instructors from other disciplines and expand our minds and our repertoire. The materials provided (food included) were appropriate and much appreciated.”
- “Great and friendly environment. Teaching experience (microteaching) with peer and expert feedback. Sessions on several aspects of teaching like from syllabus to feedback. Hands on activities and suggestions for sticky situations.”
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