Teaching Essentials Program
The Teaching Essentials Program (TEP) is part of a multifaceted approach to institutional on-boarding. The program is designed to equip new faculty members to be confident, well prepared, and comfortable in their new role as an instructor at Red River College.
In addition to participation in this program, it is expected that new instructors will work with a mentor within their own department, attend a Faculty Orientation Session, work towards your Certificate in Adult Education (to be completed within five years), and participate in faculty development sessions as appropriate to further develop their effectiveness in the classroom.
Overall goals of RRC new faculty programs:
- Assist in the transition from industry or business to new roles as instructors in an educational environment.
- Provide opportunities for new faculty to be socialized into the college setting and become familiar with the procedures and policies that impact college, program and classroom cultures.
- Assist new instructors in the development of pedagogical skills.
The intent of the Teaching Essentials Program is that workshops will begin prior to any teaching assignments. This program is a series of sessions that focus on introducing essential teaching and learning methodologies/skills to new instructors.
Topics include planning and organizing for instruction, effective communication and management of students, instructional technologies, learning styles and teaching strategies, assessment, and reflective teaching.
Research shows that effective new faculty orientation programs contribute to teacher retention rates, smooth the transition into the teaching profession, foster emotional development and job satisfaction, improve pedagogical practice, and most importantly increase student achievement through improved teaching performance.
The Teaching Essentials Program plays a significant role in meeting the overriding goals of supporting new faculty through a series of interactive sessions that link their subject specialty knowledge directly to the practical planning and instructional skills needed to meet the immediate needs of curriculum delivery and student learning.
This program is a series of sessions that focus on introducing new instructors to essential teaching and learning methodologies; ideally, the first two sessions will begin before your first class. Topics addressed in the sessions include how to:
- plan and organize for instruction
- communicate effectively and manage the learning environment
- identify and apply instructional technologies,
- consider learning styles and teaching strategies in planning
- assess and evaluate student performance
- self-reflect on teaching practice
The TEP will play a significant role in meeting the needs of new faculty members through a series of interactive sessions that link subject specialty knowledge directly to the practical planning and instructional skills needed to meet the immediate needs of curriculum delivery and student learning.
The workbook will provide an introduction to the TEP, guidelines for each of the sessions, places to keep notes, reflections and a contact list, and a list of resources related to each of the session topics.
The program is comprised of six 3-hour sessions. Each session contains 2 or 3 modules (topics) of instruction. The program will be highly interactive and facilitated using a variety of instructional styles. The sessions will progress through a sequence of four stages that typify active learning:
Each session will have an assessment component that will provide feedback to the program planners, create topics for discussion, and enable personal self-reflection on how session topics can be applied directly to teaching practice.
For further information please contact the Teacher Education Office 204-632-2300 or email@example.com.