Teaching is central to MIT’s educational mission. Serving as a teaching assistant (TA) provides graduate students a wealth of opportunities to develop their skills. A printable brochure on TA Rights, Responsibilities and Rewards is available.
Each year, MIT awards the Goodwin Medal to a graduate TA or Instructor (G) who has performed above and beyond the norm, and whose teaching efforts can truly be characterized as “conspicuously effective.” This award was established in memory of Harry Manley Goodwin, the first dean of the graduate school at MIT, through a gift from his widow, Mary B. Goodwin, and son, Richard H. Goodwin.
School and/or departmental TA training and evaluation
At the beginning of the academic year and (for some) during IAP, schools and departments organize orientation workshops for new graduate teaching assistants. Students are informed of required sessions by their departments.
The Office of Faculty Support is currently implementing an online evaluation system for courses, instructors, and TAs across the Institute. There are standard evaluation items included on the form for which students will be asked to rate the quality of teaching on a 7-point scale. On occasion, individual departments may add or substitute evaluation items, but this document may be used to inform your approach to teaching both inside and out of the classroom.
Teaching and Learning Laboratory (TLL)
The Teaching and Learning Laboratory (TLL) collaborates with faculty, teaching assistants, and students to promote excellence in teaching and learning throughout the Institute. TLL offers courses, programs, and reference materials related to teaching and learning that graduate students may find useful.
- Graduate Student Teaching Certificate Program
- Teaching College Level Science and Engineering (5.95J, 6.982J, 7.59J, 8.395J, 18.094J, 1.95J)
- Classroom Videorecording and Consulting Program
- Microteaching Workshops
- Facilitating Effective Research (FER) Program
Graduate students may also borrow from TLL’s collection of books, journals, and pamphlets on teaching and learning, and may view DVDs on teaching. See a list of these materials. Online and hard copies are also available for the following MIT publications:
- The Torch or the Firehose, A Guide to Section Teaching by Arthur P. Mattuck, MIT Professor of Mathematics
- Guidelines on Learning That Inform Teaching at MIT This booklet represents a survey of selected literature in higher education and student learning. Each chapter contains quotations highlighting relevant points from the literature, followed by comprehensive reference lists.