What Coding Workshop Instructor and Teaching Assistant Candidates Should Know
The CSF Coding Workshops will attract some of the most enthusiastic Caribbean people
with interests in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Therefore, we are looking for highly qualified,
enthusiastic, and talented Instructors and Teaching Assistants to teach these extremely motivated students. In these
Workshops, each student will be challenged outside his/her comfort zone, and we will be expecting and encouraging then
to think and act creatively and innovatively in their software design. The number of students in each Workshop is not
expected to exceed 25.
Our goal is to provide key experiences for them that will help as they move forward into
the workplace or university and beyond. The CSF philosophy is that the student is the customer and we
(the Instructors, Facilitators, Coaches, Administrators and Staff) are simply the provider of services. If you do not
agree with this philosophy, please do not apply. Preference will be given to Instructors and teaching Assistants who are
available for the entire period of the Workshop.
Should you be invited to become an Instructor or Teaching Assistant, you will be expected
to sign an engagement contract. A modest stipend will be paid. Below is a brief list of the responsibilities of the
Instructors, which will be included in the contract.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF INSTRUCTORS
Instructors are expected to:
- Attend all training and planning sessions some of which will take place before the Workshop starts.
- Ensure the safety and well-being of the students at all times
- Attend classes with prepared lessons and materials appropriate for active teaching and learning.
The Head Instructor must be notified in advance about any absences.
- Discourage rote learning, but encourage critical and analytical thinking, and make sure each
student gains mastery of the fundamentals.
- Create an open, positive, and comfortable learning environment that encourages students to
ask any question and to be active participants.
- Prepare additional, more complex and challenging assignments for students who are ahead of the pack.
- Be available at the Workshop site for the duration of the Workshop. Also be available for students
to ask questions by phone or e-mail about the course concepts on weekdays (office hours).
- Use effective forms of communication to discuss individual problems that students may be facing.
- Provide students with emotional support and encouragement.
- Attend weekly staff meetings by Zoom with the Workshop Planning Committee
- Complete final student evaluations and final surveys on time at the end of the term
- Submit all your course materials by the end of the term to the CSF headquarters.
IMPORTANT FINAL NOTE
This job requires true commitment to the students, but it is also lots of
fun and can be a most rewarding experience! Instructors and Tas will be asked to meet (virtually) a
couple of times before the Workshop starts to clarify roles and responsibilities, and to make sure
everything is prepared and ready for the first day of classes.