Events



TAing 101: Making the Most of the Relationship with your Professor

Professor Josh Gold, Neuroscience, and a panel of experienced Neuroscience TAs

Monday, September 8 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Colin Smith, CTL Graduate Fellow, Neuroscience

Location: Barchi Library, John Morgan building, room 140

Summary: All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the Neuroscience program and so may be most useful to students in related fields.
Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Synthesizing the Ideal TA: A Forum on Graduate-Student Teaching in Chemistry

Professors Sally Mallory and Don Berry, Chemistry, plus a student panel

Thursday, September 18 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Jacob Nagy, CTL Graduate Fellow, Chemistry

Location: Vagelos 2000

Summary: All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the Chemistry department and so may be most useful to students in related fields.
Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Identifying and Supporting Struggling Students

Bronwyn Wallace, CTL Senior Fellow

Monday, September 22 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: Graduate Student Center 305

Summary: The difficulties that students encounter in our classes are many and varied, and often opaque to us as teachers. This workshop will address strategies for being actively supportive of students who are struggling: how to train yourself to see struggle in your classroom, how to structure conversations with students you think or know are having a tough time, how to incorporate support structures into your classroom as a routine practice, and how to develop elements of course-design that can help to create an accessible environment for your students before the term even begins.

Providing Effective Feedback on Written Assignments

Alice Hu, CTL Graduate Fellow, Classics

Tuesday, September 23 | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: Graduate Student Center 305

Summary: As graduate students, we are no strangers to the range of emotions that feedback on our own written work can evoke. As teachers and TAs, we are (or will become) all too familiar with the anxieties and responsibilities that come with written assignments to be graded. How can we strike the best possible balance when it comes not just to grading, but to giving feedback on students’ written work: how can we respond clearly, efficiently, and sufficiently to students’ written work in a way that helps them improve their performance on essays and written work? How can we use feedback on writing to help students better understand course material or general writing skills (or should we)? In this workshop, we will explore the benefits and drawbacks of various methods, types, and mediums of feedback, and will discuss how to tailor them to suit particular types of assignments.

Designing a New Course

Professor Nadia Heninger, Computer and Information Sciences

Thursday, September 25 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Lili Dworkin, CTL Graduate Fellow, Computer and Information Sciences

Location: Levine 307

Summary: All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the Computer and Information Sciences department and so may be most useful to students in related fields.
Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Engaging Community Partners in Your Teaching

Professor Amy Hillier, City & Regional Planning

Friday, September 26 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Ben Chrisinger, CTL Graduate Fellow, City & Regional Planning

Location: Meyerson G-12

Summary: Please RSVP: http://bit.ly/1qc8twI

All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the City & Regional Planning department and so may be most useful to students in related fields.
Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Teaching the Fundamentals & the Fundamentals of Teaching

Professor Jessica Stanton, Political Science

Monday, September 29 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Ian Hartshorn, CTL Graduate Felllow, Political Science

Location: Stitler Forum

Summary: All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the Political Science department and so may be most useful to students in related fields.
Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Crafting Questions -- For Homework or Exams

Colin Smith, CTL Graduate Fellow, Neuroscience

Tuesday, September 30 | 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: Graduate Student Center 305

Summary: Creating questions for student assessment on homework or exams often proves difficult. In this workshop, we will discuss the multiple potential goals of assessment questions and how we can construct questions to achieve those goals. We will think about the strengths and weaknesses of the different kinds of questions that are often used to assess student comprehension. We will also consider how the issues of managing grading and giving feedback can influence your construction of homework and exam questions. In addition to these general discussions, this session will include hands-on question generation.
All graduate students are welcome. Counts towards CTL Teaching Certificate.

Developing Your Teaching Persona

Jacob Nagy, CTL Graduate Fellow, Chemistry

Wednesday, October 1 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: Graduate Student Center 305

Summary: Who are you in the classroom? How can you be an authority in your field without seeming out of touch with your students? How can you create a comfortable atmosphere in your class while making sure your students take your subject seriously? Even though most of us are some version of ourselves in the classroom, we also know who we are in the classroom can also determine what students get out of class. This interactive workshop will pose a series of questions to help us better understand ourselves, and identify strengths and weaknesses with regards to being an instructor. In doing so, we will explore how to develop a teaching persona that is both genuine and effective in the classroom.

Managing Your Time While Teaching

Myrna Cohen, Executive Director, Weingarten Learning Resources Center

Thursday, October 2 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: Graduate Student Center 305

Summary: How can you balance your own academic goals with your teaching responsibilities? What are the methods for accomplishing short- and long-range tasks while teaching a class or a recitation, holding office hours, and/or grading exams? In this workshop, participants will have an opportunity to explore their own time management styles and take away additional strategies for taking control of their time. Additionally, iOS Apps for time and project management will be introduced.
All graduate students are welcome. Counts towards CTL Teaching Certificate. Also counts as a follow-up workshop for participants in TA Training.

Teaching as Part of a Team: Working Effectively with Other TAs and the Professor

Ian Hartshorn, CTL Graduate Fellow, Political Science

Monday, October 6 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: Graduate Student Center 305

Summary: Whether you are TAing for the class of your dreams or teaching outside your comfort zone, teaching with others can be a challenge. Professors and TAs can have different philosophies and expectations when it comes to the classroom and grading. This workshop will focus on strategies for getting the most out of your teaching experience by building a harmonious and productive relationship with your fellow TAs and professor. We will explore how to set up a good relationship before the class starts, troubleshoot difficult situations, and succeed as a team.

Teaching Outside Your Area of Expertise

Tanya Singh, CTL Graduate Fellow, Biology

Tuesday, October 14 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: Graduate Student Center 305

Summary: It is common for TAs to be asked to teach topics outside their area of expertise. How do you begin to establish yourself as an authority in the classroom when you don’t feel like a master of the content? How can you plan class time to emphasize your strengths? In this workshop, you will be asked to think of a potential topic/course outside your area of expertise that you may be asked to teach now or in the future to help come up with generalized, feasible solutions to these questions and more.
All graduate students are welcome. Counts towards CTL Teaching Certificate.

Working with Students One-on-One

Peter Sachs Collopy, CTL Graduate Fellow, History and Sociology of Science

Wednesday, October 15 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: Graduate Student Center 305

Summary: Meeting with students one-on-one offers a chance to expand your teaching beyond what you can do in the classroom. You can learn more about who your students are and how they’re doing in your course, help students who are struggling with key concepts or skills, and provide a space for students to engage more deeply with the fundamental methods of your discipline. Just as one-on-one meetings offer unique opportunities, they also require unique pedagogical skills. How do you ensure that your students feel comfortable asking you for help? How do you figure out what your students really need from you? How do you decide what to say to the student in front of you, and what do you do if the conversation becomes frustrating, tense, or just plain awkward? How do you help struggling students improve without answering their problem sets or writing their papers for them? In this workshop, we’ll address these questions and discuss strategies that will help you get the most out of office hours and other one-on-one meetings.

Race, Gender, Class, and Other Identities in the Classroom – Yours and Your Students'

Ben Chrisinger, CTL Graduate Fellow, City & Regional Planning

Friday, October 17 | 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: Graduate Student Center 305

Summary: Even if they aren’t on your course’s syllabus, race, gender, class and a range of other issues including ethnicity and sexual identity inevitably play a role in your classroom, and influence both your interactions with students and their interactions with one another. This workshop will draw upon the classroom experiences of participants to focus on how to recognize potential issues emerging with your students. We will share strategies for forming an inclusive classroom and addressing bias, while at the same time discuss useful campus resources for seeking more information or getting specialized advice.

Fostering Active Discussion

Vanessa Williams, CTL Graduate Fellow, Music

Tuesday, October 21 | 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: Graduate Student Center 305

Summary: The term ‘active discussion’ can mean different things across disciplines, across teaching styles, and across learning outcomes. In this workshop we’ll discuss what exactly active discussion can look like in your class, and how to get it right (and how to save it from going wrong). Through putting into practice a number of different discussion strategies in the workshop itself, participants will explore how different discussion strategies can reach different learning goals, will share techniques for fostering a ‘useful’ in-class discussion, and will also consider how to extend active discussions to settings outside of the classroom through different media tools.

Effective Group Work

Justin Bernstein, CTL Graduate Fellow, Philosophy

Wednesday, October 22 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: Graduate Student Center 305

Summary: Group work can be a very effective teaching tool. At its best, it allows all students to cooperatively grapple with the material and to take a more active role in their education. But group work can also go awry. The goal of this workshop is to help TAs reap the benefits and avoid the burdens of group work. During the workshop, we will examine the benefits and pitfalls of group work, determine what sorts of classroom goals are amenable to or call for group work, examine different group structures, and assess these structures with an eye to what we hope to achieve.
All graduate students are welcome. Counts towards CTL Teaching Certificate.

Teaching Students at Different Levels

Lili Dworkin, CTL Graduate Fellow, Computer and Information Science

Tuesday, October 28 | 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: Graduate Student Center 305

Summary: Many classes, ranging from introductory lectures to advanced seminars, are comprised of students with a wide variety of backgrounds. There may be freshmen sitting next to seniors, and non-majors next to majors. Some students may have taken similar courses that familiarized them with the content already, whereas others might be learning the subject for the first time. The class may be split between students who struggle to grasp basic concepts, and others who breeze through the material easily. How can you, as an instructor, make the content accessible and engaging to everyone in your class? In this workshop we will discuss the challenges to doing so in a heterogeneous classroom and strategies for managing those challenges.
All graduate students are welcome. Counts towards CTL Teaching Certificate.

Effective Lecturing

Philip Webster, CTL Graduate Fellow, Religious Studies

Wednesday, October 29 | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: Graduate Student Center 305

Summary: What makes a lecture clear, engaging, and effective? What styles, techniques, and tools can be used to enhance a lecture? What are some useful tips for planning and organizing a lecture? When should technology be employed in a lecture? In this workshop, we’ll discuss these questions and more, all with the aim of developing strategies for successfully planning and giving lectures that inspire, engage, and teach.

Guiding Not Giving: Helping Students Figure Things Out Themselves

Emmabeth Parrish, CTL Graduate Fellow, Materials Science and Engineering

Thursday, October 30 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: Graduate Student Center 305

Summary: Often students come to TAs asking questions like: Is this the correct answer? How do you do this problem? Will I need to know this for the test? This session with help TAs better direct such inquiries toward helping students better grasp course content and think independently. Participants will discuss practical ways to answer these questions so as to prompt student thinking. After the session they will be better able to distinguish between showing students the pathway to solutions from giving them the solutions. They will leave thinking about how their teaching methods can guide students to figure things out for themselves.