GIFT Program Phases

Phase I: Summer Workshops on Pedagogy
Phase I workshops take place weekdays, mid-May through the beginning of June, and cover an array of topics:

  • Syllabus and course design
  • Diversity in the classroom
  • Presentation skills
  • Engaging and motivating students
  • Leading group discussions, lab sections, and class projects
  • Teaching with technology (including online platforms)
  • Creating inclusive classroom environments
  • Assessing learning outcomes
  • Teacher-student relationships
  • Creating a teaching philosophy

At the end of Phase I, each GIFT teaching fellow presents a sample lesson and receives feedback. 

Phase II: Classroom Experience
Each graduate student teacher fellow will co-teach a course under the direction of a faculty mentor during the fall or spring semesters. Unlike the role of a TA to assist the faculty in any capacity required for assistance, the Teaching Fellow (TF) plays an active role in designing and delivering at least two teaching sessions. During the course, fellows will gain experience in the following:

  • Preparing a course syllabus
  • Classroom teaching (each GIFT graduate teaching fellow leads a minimum of two classroom sessions–but are not expected to be a TA or the primary instructor for the course)
  • Developing assessments
  • Applying what they learned during the workshops in a classroom setting
  • Receiving feedback from their mentors and putting it into practice

Questions about GIFT can be directed to or 617-627-3106.