I started the STEM Instructional Program the summer before my first teaching experience as a graduate student at WMU, and I saw it as a great training opportunity for the upcoming school year. As a General Chemistry II lab instructor, I would encounter students from various majors and backgrounds, with different learning styles and attitudes toward chemistry and math.
In order to effectively engage these students in a pre-lab lecture and to prepare them to complete the experiments, I needed to learn how to keep their attention, clearly explain and relay information in an interesting way, check their understanding, and assess my teaching for improvement along the way.
WMU ScholarWorks Citation
Bottoms, Jashaun D., "What a Career in Teaching Could Look Like for Me: My Journey of Self-Reflection and Self-Discovery" (2019). STEM Instructional Graduate Teaching Assistant Posters. 3.