Events



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.

“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.