Events



Managing Student Stress

Elena Maris, CTL Graduate Fellow, Communications

Wednesday, September 28 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: 305 Graduate Student Center

Summary: In this workshop, we will explore intersections of stress, mental illness, and learning in the university classroom. We will discuss how stress impacts learning, differences and overlaps between healthy, normal stress, distress, and mental illness, and possible signs that indicate that a student is struggling in the classroom. Workshop attendees will leave with strategies for helping students navigate intense periods of stress, information on how to connect students to resources on campus (like Counseling and Psychological Services), and ideas for promoting a culture of wellness in the classroom. Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate. Also counts as a follow-up workshop for SAS participants in TA Training.

Teaching Sensitive Topics

Shantee Rosado, CTL Graduate Fellow, Sociology

Wednesday, September 28 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: 305 Graduate Student Center

Summary: Teaching on sensitive topics – such as race, class, gender, sexuality, and religion – elicits specific concerns and responsibilities. What if a student cries or argues in class? What if a student says something racist or sexist? In this workshop, participants will discuss how to address sensitive topics and anticipate potential pitfalls in doing so at different stages of a course. Participants will discuss ways to address sensitive subjects at the front-end of course design (for example, while drafting lesson plans). Participants will also discuss how to address these issues in the classroom, where disagreements between students might arise or they themselves may be discomfited. Finally, participants will address how to mediate classroom conflicts when they do occur. Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate. Also counts as a follow-up workshop for SAS participants in TA Training.

How To Help Students Improve Across The Semester

Erika Kontulainen, CTL Graduate Fellow, German

Monday, October 3 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: 305 Graduate Student Center

Summary: In this workshop we will discuss strategies for how to help students improve and make progress across the semester, both in terms of course content and more generally, in making students aware of their own learning process. Some of these strategies include communicating to students the goals and objectives for a course, designing valid and reliable course assignments, and being explicit about what students need to do in order to meet the criteria and expectations for a particular assignment or course. In this context, we will also be speaking about the importance of formative assessment and feedback as tools for progress and long-term learning. Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate. Also counts as a follow-up workshop for SAS participants in TA Training.

Teaching Outside Your Field

Stan Najmr, CTL Graduate Fellow, Chemistry

Tuesday, October 4 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: 305 Graduate Student Center

Summary: There is a certain comfort to teaching within your field. You know the nomenclature, the values, and the content pretty well. However, there may be an instance in the future (or present!) when you must teach a subject outside of your expertise. This may seem challenging, but it does not have to be. In this workshop, we will discuss strategies that you may employ to best prepare yourself to teach a class or course outside of your discipline. Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate. Also counts as a follow-up workshop for SAS participants in TA Training.

Teaching Problem-Solving in STEM Classes

Trishala Parthasarathi, CTL Graduate Fellow, Neuroscience

Wednesday, October 5 | 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: 305 Graduate Student Center

Summary: Problem-solving is an important part of STEM classes and there are various ways to implement this in the classroom. In this workshop, we will focus on how different strategies can be used depending on the goals of the TA and professor. In addition, we will examine problem-solving from the students’ point of view and discuss how that might determine what approaches to use in the classroom. TAs leading recitation sections and other types of sessions that focus on problem sets are encouraged to attend. Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate. Also counts as a follow-up workshop for SAS participants in TA Training.

Working With Struggling Students

Theo Lim, CTL Graduate Fellow, City & Regional Planning

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

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: 305 Graduate Student Center

Summary: In this workshop we will address approaches to identifying and helping students who are struggling to understand course material. We will discuss how to use different classroom settings to clarify topics that many students may be struggling with and how to effectively (and efficiently) make use of one-on-one or one-on-few office hours to work with struggling students. In this discussion-based workshop we will also focus on teaching introductory or required quantitative courses, and how to engage students who lack background, interest or confidence in the material. Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate. Also counts as a follow-up workshop for SAS participants in TA Training.

Motivating Your Students To Do The Reading (And Do It Well)

Paul Mitchell, CTL Graduate Fellow, Anthropology

Wednesday, October 12 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: 305 Graduate Student Center

Summary: Why don’t many students read assigned texts for their courses? And, if they do read, why don’t many students remember or understand what they read? This workshop will address these common concerns by exploring how instructors can frame readings and facilitate discussions so as to motivate students to read well. We will also address some ways that instructors can lead students to learn and practice good reading skills, how instructors can make explicit their expectations about what they want students to gain from assigned readings, and how to match reading and teaching strategies to different texts and disciplines. Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate. Also counts as a follow-up workshop for SAS participants in TA Training.

Working With Students In Office Hours

Joseph Hoisington, CTL Graduate Fellow, Mathematics

Monday, October 17 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: 305 Graduate Student Center

Summary: Office hours are an opportunity to help students directly and individually. This presents some of the same issues as teaching well in the classroom, but it also asks more of us as teachers: To communicate with students one-on-one, to assess an individual student’s needs in greater depth and detail, and to decide how best to respond. In this workshop, we will explore the issues that arise in helping students during office hours, and we will discuss how we can meet them to make office hours support our classes and their learning. We will discuss how, during office hours, we can help students become more independent, confident and self-motivated learners. We will also discuss logistical matters like the scheduling and location of office hours. Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate. Also counts as a follow-up workshop for SAS participants in TA Training.

Preparing For Class

Jane Sancinito, CTL Graduate Fellow, Ancient History

Wednesday, October 19 | 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: 305 Graduate Student Center

Summary: We think of teaching as something we do in the moment, in the room, with the students, but the ingredients for a successful class are often assembled before we walk through the door. This workshop will discuss techniques to insure that your lesson is as successful as possible. It will focus on the following questions: What are my primary and secondary goals for this lesson? What can I anticipate in my classroom? How can I plan to be flexible in my teaching? How should I budget my time? Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate. Also counts as a follow-up workshop for SAS participants in TA Training.

Writing Test Questions In STEM Classes

Rebecca Rivard, CTL Graduate Fellow, Cancer Biology

Thursday, October 20 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: 305 Graduate Student Center

Summary: This workshop will offer graduate students from STEM fields an opportunity to discuss and design a wide variety of test questions. Students will have the opportunity to critique provided questions, create their own questions, and learn the most up-to-date theories regarding test question design.  This workshop will focus on how to make sure that you use test questions in the most effective and efficient ways possible. Students are encouraged to email test questions that they have been working on or are interested in discussing to Rebecca Rivard at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) at least 2 days before the workshop. Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate. Also counts as a follow-up workshop for SAS participants in TA Training.

Fostering Student Participation

Najnin Islam, CTL Graduate Fellow, English

Monday, October 24 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: 305 Graduate Student Center

Summary: This workshop will focus on developing strategies to promote student participation in the larger context of our pedagogical goals. What kind of questions and exercises might we engage our students in? What other modes of participation, in addition to sharing individual ideas in class, might we encourage and help them to cultivate? We will spend some time reflecting on how moments of silence in class could be harnessed towards productive learning and how we, as instructors, can try to create an environment amenable to different participatory practices. Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate. Also counts as a follow-up workshop for SAS participants in TA Training.

Identities In The Classroom: Yours And Your Students'

Helen Teng, CTL Graduate Fellow, Nursing

Tuesday, October 25 | 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: 305 Graduate Student Center

Summary: Each one of us brings our own individual lens to the classroom and our individual narratives contribute to the make-up of the classroom. This workshop aims to address how individual identities play a part in the classroom dynamic. We will explore our own identities and discuss strategies to tap into students’ identities and ways in which this knowledge may facilitate classroom interactions. Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate. Also counts as a follow-up workshop for SAS participants in TA Training.

Teaching Students To Identify And Construct Arguments

Noa Hegesh, CTL Graduate Fellow, East Asian Languages & Civilizations

Wednesday, October 26 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: 305 Graduate Student Center

Summary: The ability to identify and construct strong arguments are two skills that are at the core of critical thinking. Learning to read for authors’ arguments, and to conceive and enact arguments of their own, are useful tools that will accompany and serve students long after graduation, whether they decide to pursue an academic career or follow a different path. This workshop will offer a few ways to engage with the students and allow them to discover and develop these skills by trial and error, and sheer practice. Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate. Also counts as a follow-up workshop for SAS participants in TA Training.