Last year I was quite excited, but also quite scared, by the fact that two different seminars I was taking were requiring me to do a teaching demo, or to present my homework in the form of a lesson to my peers, rather than as a more traditional presentation. Those were my first experiences as… Read More Time to learn… to teach!
It’s never too early to think about the future. Academia, industry or something else? Teaching, research, both, or neither? Same field, neighbouring field, or different field? The questions are countless, and if on the one hand we don’t have to have clear, immutable answers, on the other hand many graduate degrees are meant to train… Read More Thinking about the future… with some help from CaPS!
In this interview with Let’s Talk Science McGill coordinators, read about their involvement in science outreach and how graduate students – of any field of study! – can get involved… Read More More Than A Student: an Interview with the Let’s Talk Science McGill Coordinators
When I was younger, after I wanted to be a florist, a designer, a paleontologist (thanks, Jurassic Park) or an archaeologist (like Indiana Jones), I then decided that I was going to teach history. I didn’t know at that time that there is almost no opportunity to really have a teaching position in Cegep or… Read More Becoming a lecturer
Last month, I had to give three lectures. I was stressed because my English is not perfect at all, and because well… lectures obviously means speaking in front of a lot of people and like Lotte, I fear public speaking. It went well, but not exactly as I planned. To put you into context, I… Read More When your lecture becomes old-school
It was my first day of grade six; my final year in elementary school. I was assigned to Miss Betty, who had a reputation for being the meanest teacher. I remember her having us do an assignment right after she took attendance. On the blackboard she wrote, “What is the difference between mean versus strict?”… Read More Strict versus mean
I actually said that out loud, in the hallway outside my office once. It was during my first year as a TA and I was excited to grade my very first batch of reports. My neighbour next door, a former TA for the same course I was currently TA’ing at that time, yelled something along… Read More I can’t wait to grade reports!
If you are doing a PhD you are generally older than most of the undergraduate students, and thus you tend to feel somehow old (pardon, mature), especially when you happen to walk into a corridor crowded with excited Freshmen. However, as you progress with your degree, the more you realize that your position is far… Read More The first time a graduate student… teaches
In high school, I was a pretty good student. I participated in extracurricular activities, and volunteered, while keeping my grades up, and doing my homework on time, or well in advance. When my classmates would ask me if they could copy my answers off of assignments, naturally I would refuse. I put time and effort… Read More I don’t give answers away for free
“This will be the last year I TA” I’ve been saying this for the last two or three years. Yet every year I fill in the application to be a teaching assistant (TA) for the departmental undergrad laboratory course and submit it right on the deadline. And then I’m back. Why does that happen? Once… Read More This will be the last year I TA