In the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Teaching Community (STEM-TC) project, faculty from the Fisher College of Science and Mathematics collaborate with undergraduate Learning Assistants (LAs) to:
improve STEM courses,
provide opportunities for the LAs to gain an appreciation and understanding of effective STEM teaching, and
make the LAs aware of education-related career options, which might include joining one of the secondary education programs at Towson and choosing high school or middle school teaching as a career.
Through their involvement with STEM-TC, the Learning Assistants develop active-learning instructional skills, practice those skills, and participate in transforming instruction. They do this by engaging in teaching activities, participating in team meetings, and by attending a weekly teaching and learning seminar.
The Learning Assistant teaching activities take different forms, depending on the course(s) and working teams to which the LAs have been assigned. Teaching activities include: leading and facilitating discussions of small groups of students in classes and/or help sessions, providing test review sessions, and tutoring. Typically, the STEM-TC faculty work to transform their introductory classes to encourage more student engagement with the material and with each other. LAs help facilitate this engagement. For a more detailed description of the Learning Assistant's role see the