This informal course on the art of teaching is taken by undergraduates who serve as Teaching Fellows and Peer Research Mentors in HC70A and HC70AL, respectively. Undergraduates are selected who show unusual promise as teachers. Bob Goldberg meets several times a week with these undergraduates in order to develop their skills and interest in science teaching. Teaching Fellows are taught how to: (1) develop a teaching "game plan," (2) write concept questions used by students each week as study guides, (3) teach students how to read and understand scientific papers, (4) lead "debates" on the relationship between science and society, (5) speak in front of a class, (6) use the Socratic method as an interactive teaching tool, (7) gain the confidence and poise needed to teach their peers, (8) deal with unusual student-student and student-teacher situations and interactions, and (9) be "exciting" and "dynamic" teachers. Teaching Fellows are videotaped in the classroom and their teaching styles are critiqued so that they can learn to become more effective teachers. Peer Research Mentors also learn how to (1) organize a teaching laboratory, (2) demonstrate and teach genomics and bioinformatics procedures, and (3) how to lead teams carrying out original research projects using functional genomics. In the past eighteen years, 35 undergraduates have participated as NSF-sponsored Teaching Fellows and Peer Research Mentors, including both life science and non-science majors.
In The Classroom
Guided closely by Dr. Goldberg, HC199 students get to take on the responsibility of leading discussion sections, giving them invaluable classroom experience. The students who are part of these discussions routinely praise the skill and depth of knowledge displayed by the undergraduates who lead them.
Testimonials From Undergraduate Teaching Fellows And Peer Research Mentors On Their Experience In HC70A & HC70AL
Madelyn Gehrich, HC70A Winter 2019 & Winter 2020
"Working under Dr. Goldberg has been a once in a lifetime opportunity. Making the transition from former student to Teaching Fellow was hard work, but made me appreciate both the material and the methodology behind Dr. Goldberg's teaching so much more. I have gained so much confidence in myself and fine-tuned my skills in communicating information in an effective, yet thought-provoking way. Getting the chance to explore new strengths all while surrounded by an amazing group of colleagues, now friends, has made this experience one that I will never forget."
Helen Li, HC70A Spring 2017 & Winter 2018
"It was a once in a lifetime opportunity, teaching past and current genetic engineering technology. We are on the cusp of the next big Cohen and Boyer, and witnessing and sharing firsthand the knowledge of innovative developments is a memory I will never forget."
Eden Maloney, HC70A Winter 2011 & 2012, HC70AL Spring 2011
"...as a teaching fellow, I discovered a passion for teaching.."Eden Maloney's testimonial as an undergraduate teaching fellow and laboratory peer mentor.
Lulu Pantin, HC70A Winter 2011 & 2012
"I cannot stress enough how wonderful this experience was for me."Lulu Pantin's testimonial as an undergraduate teaching fellow.
Kristin Gill, HC70A Winter 2010, Spring 2009 &2010
"While research has taught me how to think critically and creatively, teaching has taught me how to communicate more effectively."Kristin Gill's testimonial as an undergraduate teaching fellow and laboratory peer mentor.
Mike Ferry, HC70A Winter 2003 & HC70AL Spring 2003
"From my experiences teaching with Dr. Goldberg I now wish to continue teaching in the future and I am seriously considering an academic career."Mike Ferry's testimonial as an undergraduate teaching fellow and laboratory peer mentor.
Malik Francis, HC70A Winter 2003 & 2004
"There were many times where I felt that I got more out of the course than the students. I consider myself lucky."Click here to read Malik Francis' testimonial as an undergraduate teaching fellow.
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