Carpentry Trainer Training Program

This is the on-boarding curriculum for new Instructor Trainers. This material supports 8 1-hour discussion meetings based on assigned reading from our textbook, How Learning Works by Ambrose et al., as well as our Instructor Training Curriculum. Completion of this series is the main step towards certification to teach Carpentries Instructor Training workshops.


This curriculum targets individuals who have applied and been accepted as Carpentries Instructor Trainers. It is generally expected that learners either have extensive background in teaching or have demonstrated commitment to Carpentries teaching practices through involvement with the community. However, no particular background knowledge is necessary to participate fully in these discussions.


Week Readings Pages Curriculum / Other
1 Foreword, About the Authors, Introduction, Chapter 1 xiii-xvi, xix-9; 10-39 Trainer Agreement, Code of Conduct, Trainers Guide (skim), Instructor Training Curriculum (preview), Instructor Training Curriculum Repository (preview)
2 Chapter 2, Appendix A, Appendix B, Chapter 3 40-65; 225-230; 66-90
3 Chapter 4, Appendix D, Chapter 5 91-120, 244-7, 121-152
4 Chapter 6, Chapter 7 152-187, 188-216 Explore as a commenting tool
5 Welcome, Building Skill With Practice, Expertise and Instruction, Instructor Notes, Etherpad Template
6 Memory and Cognitive Load, Building Skill With Feedback, Motivation and Demotivation, Mindset
7 Teaching is a Skill, Wrap-Up and Homework, Live Coding is a Skill, Preparing to Teach, More Practice Live Coding, Managing a Diverse Classroom, The Carpentries: Workshop Introductions
8 Conclusion 217-224 Checkout Process, The Carpentries: How We Operate, Putting it Together, Wrapping Up, Operations Guide, Pre-Workshop Reading: The Science of Learning