Teachable Moments about Teaching

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Like many college faculty, my first teaching experience was in graduate school. I was woefully unprepared to teach but blissfully ignorant of that fact. I had sat through three informal meetings on how to teach given by fellow graduate students who had taught a few times. I figured my 180 minutes of training had prepared me pretty well to teach my own course. The first course I taught was an evening introductory psychology course that met once per week for almost three hours. I was the second youngest person in the room, and I spent the entire time lecturing. I enjoyed teaching, and my evaluations were (surprisingly, in retrospect) positive. My teaching career had begun.

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