Events



RESCHEDULED Facilitating Discussion

Bronwyn Wallace, CTL Senior Graduate Fellow

Monday, March 2 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: Graduate Student Center 305

Summary: In this workshop, we will develop strategies for promoting effective discussion in the classroom. We’ll identify what we mean when we talk about “discussion”: what does a good one look like, and what pedagogical purposes does it serve? Then we will develop practices for discussion that address those goals: how to create an environment conducive to discussion, how to provide your students with what they need to participate meaningfully, how to develop strong questions to prompt compelling and useful conversations, and how to develop lesson-planning strategies that work for you toward facilitating discussion.
All graduate students are welcome.
Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Assigning Creative Programming Projects

Professor Chris Callison-Burch, Computer and Information Science

Monday, March 16 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Lili Dworkin, CTL Graduate Fellow, CIS

Location: Raisler Lounge (Towne Room 225)

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

Creating Assignments Across a Semester

Alice Hu, CTL Graduate Fellow, Classics

Wednesday, March 18 | 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: Graduate Student Center 305

Summary: As TAs, teachers, and instructors, we would all like to see our students learn content, acquire skills, and develop more fully as critical thinkers. This workshop investigates how we can help our students reach these goals by planning assignments that build on each other throughout a semester. Participants will discuss: What kinds of assignments will best foster and gauge these skills, and how can designing sequences of assignments across a semester build on previously acquired skills while setting the foundation for new skills to be learned? We will also consider how to assess students’ progress and give them feedback along the way. This workshop will be a collaborative conversation, designed to help attendees develop concrete outlines for courses that they are currently teaching or will teach in the future.
All graduate students are welcome.
This workshop counts toward the CTL certificate.

Mentoring Undergraduate Students

Colin Smith, CTL Graduate Fellow, Neuroscience

Thursday, March 26 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: Graduate Student Center 305

Summary: Opportunities to mentor undergraduate students are many and varied for graduate students interested in education. However, it is rare for graduate students to receive guidance or feedback on their mentorship or supervision of undergraduate students. In this workshop we will discuss various mentoring relationships and styles that can create nurturing productive partnerships between graduate students and undergraduates. We will consider a many different approaches and styles of mentorship as well as strategies to deal with unexpected situations. In addition to these general discussions, this session will include discussion of specific issues relevant to attendees.
All graduate students are welcome.
Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Teaching with Objects

Philip Webster, CTL Graduate Fellow, Religious Studies

Monday, March 30 | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: Graduate Student Center 305

Summary: Objects can liven up a classroom. They can turn abstract discussions concrete, elicit new forms of student participation, and energize new modes of learning and engagement. In this workshop, we’ll explore ways to use objects to reach your own teaching goals and get students excited about your field. We’ll discuss types of objects that can be used in teaching, precious or quotidian, as well as which types of objects are best used in what ways to reach specific pedagogical goals. We’ll have a person from the Penn Museum who, drawing from her own experience, will help guide our discussion.All graduate students are welcome.
Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Teaching Your Own CIS 19x Minicourse

Professor Joseph Devietti, Computer and Information Science

Monday, March 30 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Lili Dworkin, CTL Graduate Fellow, CIS

Location: Greenberg Lounge, Skirkanich Hall (Room 114)

Summary: Professor Devietti will be joined by a panel of past and current instructors of these courses.
All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the Computer and Information Science department and so may be most useful to students in related fields.
Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Engineering Faculty Teaching Forum:
Helping Students to See Themselves as Part of Your Discipline

Professors Paulo Arratia, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, and Dan Lee, Electrical and Systems Engineering

Tuesday, March 31 | 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Faculty Events

Location: Towne 108

Summary: The Engineering Faculty Teaching Forum brings together faculty from across SEAS for informal conversations about teaching. Each discussion focuses on a different theme and is moderated by two faculty members. All faculty, from experienced to novice teachers, are invited to participate. To encourage open discussion, registration is limited twelve faculty.
The Center for Teaching and Learning provides lunch for all those who register in advance.

“Mapmaker, Mapmaker, Make Me a Map”: Teaching With Maps

Ben Chrisinger, CTL Graduate Fellow, City and Regional Planning

Thursday, April 2 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: Graduate Student Center 305

Summary: Mapmaking challenges students to examine information differently, possibly revealing patterns or trends in information and texts that are not always noticeable at first glance. In the session, participants will discuss how to present and engage students with course content in spatial ways. This workshop welcomes students from disciplines like Earth and Environmental Science, that lend themselves easily to mapmaking, as well as other disciplines like English, where mapmaking has recently become an important classroom tool. In all cases, participants will consider several mapmaking applications (including those available at Penn and others that are freely accessible online) to discover how to design a useful mapmaking assignment, and create a map of their own.
All graduate students are welcome.
Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Teaching in Wharton: A Different Perspective

Professor Shane Jensen, Statistics

Monday, April 20 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Lili Dworkin, CTL Graduate Fellow, CIS

Location: Levine 512

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