This year I completed my first teaching certificate through the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning at the University of Illinois. Throughout the year, I attended seminars, collected feedback from my students, and had someone observe my teaching. I wrote reflective essays on the entire process as well. I learned a lot while completing the requirements of this certificate. Many of the lessons I was able to apply right away as a teaching assistant, however other lessons I have made note of for future classes that I teach.