That's my Viking Name, according to a generator I found today. Okay, it was one of the names, based on just my first name, but it's my favourite.
So, now that I've reeled you in with my new criminal alias...
I've been feeling under-prepared for the someday eventuality of teaching a University-level class. I'm not talking about feeling like I won't understand the field well enough (although sometimes I get butterflies thinking about the comprehensive exams I'll have to do in my second year of my PhD). But why don't I get to learn how to teach? I am very surrounded by teachers (and prospective teachers) in my life, and it's surreal to me that they had to commit four years of their lives to an education degree, while my university requires only a two day workshop to prepare for being a TA or lecturer (Ky's workshop at her university was only one day long). A friend of mine got both his Education degree and his Honours history before going to grad school, all with the goal of a future professorship.
I'm not saying that I want to go back and learn how to teach in a high school setting; the University setting is vastly different. I'm just saying that, in addition to the formal education I'm already receiving, I'd like to learn more about the theories behind different teaching styles, and maybe learn how to lesson plan. Karl (the eternal homeschooler) suggested that his attitude to all of this is that you don't need to take a class to learn these things, but instead all you need is to "look it up in a book." However, I want to learn from other people, and would appreciate having feedback on my own teaching styles. And I'm not saying that I need an additional degree, on top of all the other education I'm receiving. An intensive three- or six-credit course would suffice.
I know that I've learned a lot by working for amazing professors, and especially from my TAships and from being involved in course design projects. Apparently, I did well when I finally got to interact with my classes (instead of only having contact with them through their papers that I marked). However, it all still feels like guesswork. I've taken writing courses to make me aware of different writing styles; I've taken a historiography course to introduce me to the underlying theories; where is my course where I learn how to teach all of this? Is there already something in place, of which I'm just not aware?
What do you think? (I can already predict Derek's response, although I'm pretty sure I don't agree with all of his educational theories.)