The second half of the course, BIOL 598B, is offered in the spring semesters and is more of an observation and discussion format. The grad students sit in on TA meetings of some of the standard Biology courses as well as actual lab sessions where we were able to observe the teaching styles of other grad students. We practiced grading exercises, reviews of the TAs we watched, and then gave a short “lesson” for the instructors to grade our performance and overall teaching capabilities. This course was particularly fun as it was a bit more hands-on and I was able to participate with the other four members of my cohort (who are all awesome!).
I know BIOL 598 has prepped me well for what is to come this semester, and I cannot wait to get started! I’m hoping the TAs will meet as a group soon and figure out scheduling and office hours everything. I’ll let y’all know more when I do. Oh, and if anyone has any early advice, feel free to leave a comment!