There’s no better way to put what you’ve learned into practice (after or during grad school) than teaching. Lecturing on a topic that you’re passionate about can serve as a type of practicum to test the theories that you’ve based your research on, or that you’re starting to develop with the help of different professors.
Do they make sense in real life? How do your students understand them? Do they really work? Or are they just that: theories.
Depending on the type of course you’re teaching (whether more theoretical or more practical), you may find that you have a platform to set up a problem-based, constructivist learning environment. I’m wondering what other Grad Life Bloggers experience is.
Have you taught a course?
Have you TA’d?
What did you learn?