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QUESTION: What do you think about grad students teaching at UW? Yay or nay?

15 comments

  1. I've really liked the ones I've had as professors. They're less jaded, more enthusiastic, and care more about your learning.

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    1. Technically they weren't "professors".

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    2. ^The standard academic usage is to call anyone who teaches a class a professor, unless they ask you otherwise. Some lecturers prefer doctor to professor, if they have a doctorate.

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    3. I had this hot soccer player one year. She wore leggings often enough to make an 8:30 class enjoyable.

      Also a great instructor.

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  2. I think it should really be looked on a case by case basis, there are some tenured profs that probably shouldn't be teaching.

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  3. Grad students aren't generally good teachers - they tend to have very narrow knowledge, unrealistic expectations, and/or be completely humourless.

    There ARE exceptions, though.

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    1. Agreed. They just don`t have the material down as well, aren't as experienced at giving lectures and lack the breadth of knowledge to answer some questions. I did have one PhD candidate as a lecturer once though who was great.

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  4. @3...Yup sounds about right,

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  5. I'm pretty sure at least most grad students are supposed to teach or should be teaching at some point though. There's no stopping it given that's usually a big component of the fact they're in grad school.

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  6. A large part of our funding comes from doing GI and TA work so, even if you don't feel particularly comfortable teaching, it's in one's best interests to 1) take the position, and 2) do well at it so you can continue to get funding each semester.

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  7. I am very supportive of the idea, but in practice they usually cannot teach well. I have had some good ones, but they are rare. But I guess everyone has to start somewhere. Just make sure you give CONSTRUCTIVE feedback, not just hate.

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  8. Most of the grads who taught me usually teach in a fairly boring manner, ie copying down notes and not much else. But some of them can be very helpful outside of class during office hours, because they know their lectures aren't good and so they make up for it this way. They are usually more patient and through and willing to spend more time with you outside of class. On the other hand, real profs can just go "this is so clear why don't you see it you should have learned this from course ABCxyz etc etc"

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  9. Most are ok. I had a grad TA many years back come to class unprepared. The whole class walked out on him after he admitted he couldn't teach that day's tutorial.

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