TA Training: Day 1

Wednesday, August 19 | 9:00 am - 4:45 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: Chemistry 102 and Williams Hall

Summary: Day 1: Wednesday, August 19

9:00-9:30 Welcoming Plenary (Chemistry 102) Beth Winkelstein, Vice Provost for Education Bruce Lenthall, Executive Director, Center for Teaching & Learning

9:30-10:00 Your Role as a TA (Chemistry 102) Emily Elliot, Associate Director, Center for Teaching & Learning

10:00-10:30 Preparing for Your First Day (Chemistry 102)
Ian Petrie, Senior Associate Director, Center for Teaching & Learning

10:30-10:45 Coffee Break (Lobby outside Chemistry 102)

10:45-11:30 Support Resources for Your Students (Chemistry 102) Janet Tighe, Director of Academic Advising and Dean of Freshmen (SAS) Sonya Gwak, Director of Student Life (SEAS)
Myrna Cohen, Executive Director, Weingarten Learning Resources Center Nathaniel Amos, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Donna Brown, Director, Tutoring Center

11:30-12:15 Penn Policies and Resources (Chemistry 102)
Sexual Violence and Harassment – Felicity Paxton, Director, Penn Women’s Center
Student Privacy –University Privacy Officer
Students with Disabilities – Susan Shapiro, Director, Student Disabilities Services
Academic Integrity – Marcia Glickman, Associate Director and Mediation Coordinator, Office of Student Conduct

2:00-4:45 Graduate Student-Led Workshops (Williams Hall, rooms TBA) Leading Discussions in the Humanities and Qualitative Social Sciences Grading in the Humanities and Qualitative Social Sciences Grading in the Sciences, Quantitative Social Sciences, and Engineering Teaching Problem Solving in Engineering Recitations in the Sciences and Quantitative Social Sciences Leading Effective Lab Sessions Leading Discussions in the Quantitative Sciences and Social Sciences

TA Training: Day 2

Thursday, August 20 | 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: Williams Hall

Summary: In groups of mixed disciplines TAs will give a 10-minute teaching demonstration and get feedback on your teaching from fellow TAs.

For TAs preparing these lessons, CTL suggests:
• Think about what teaching methods you will likely use in the course or field for which you will be a TA and what topics you will likely cover. To offer a few suggestions, you might decide to run your teaching demonstration as a discussion, as an exploration of a primary source or problem that you bring in, or as an exercise in drawing conclusions from data.
• The classroom will have a chalkboard and a computer with a projector.
• Prepare your lesson in advance;
• Keep the assignment’s time constraints in mind
• Recognize that your fellow TAs (unlike your actual students) will not be able to prepare for your mini-class in advance and will be (like your actual students) novices in your field.