P889: Pairing midterm feedback from students with a consultation with a graduate student mentor for formative assessment of new graduate student instructors
Many Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) have their first formal teaching experience in a laboratory or a classroom with little or no training. In the Department of Chemistry at the University of Michigan, new GSIs attend a two-day training the week before classes start. To varying extents, individual course instructors facilitate learning about teaching. We have instituted the collection of midterm feedback from students for GSIs in all of the introductory chemistry courses. All first year GSIs consult with a Graduate Student Mentor (GSM) about the feedback. The GSM helps the new GSI to contextualize the feedback, to normalize the conversation about feedback, and to use the feedback in a formative manner by developing a plan for improvement. The effects of the midterm feedback on end of term evaluations and on the longer term evaluations will be presented.