Compared to the other forms of determining your strengths and areas for growth as an instructor, procuring input from the instructor you work with is the most challenging. Not only can it be intimidating, but it can be difficult for them to find time amidst their other responsibilities.
There are a few powerful reasons to pursue feedback from your supervisor, however:
- They have valuable insight into how to teach and communicate with students due to their years of teaching
- Their familiarity with the content will allow them to focus on your teaching, or – alternatively – identify subjects that you should prioritize
- Familiarity with your teaching/professional skills can come in handy should you require a letter of recommendation
There are several ways that faculty members can support your teaching.
- One way is to offer feedback on your work (ie: preparing labs; learning plans for PA sessions or discussion groups)
- You can also ask them to observe you (after ensuring your students are comfortable with their presence) or
- Involve them in your considerations of how to facilitate sessions with students (ie: strategies for student engagement, conflict resolution or new activity suggestions)
Use your time together in the initial meetings early in the term to establish your interest in their role in mentoring or providing feedback on your teaching so that they can account for it in their schedules. It is best to go into the term having a plan so that everyone can work towards a common goal.