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AY 13-14 TM Schedules

* The presentation and/or workshop will take place during the first hour listed. The final half an hour will serve as an informal gathering where attendees can continue discussing the topic of the workshop, exchange tips and ideas about teaching, and mingle and meet other graduate students/TAs. You can attend the workshop on its own, the social half-an-hour on its own, or both. Please note that attending the social part on its own will not earn you any professional development credit (required by some departments/schools).

** Open only to TAs and Graduate students

Spring 2014




Tue, 2/4
KL 362

Setting Expectations

Come learn about how to prepare your students for success in the classroom. We will discuss strategies for effective communication between instructors and students and strategies for creating an optimal educational environment in the classroom. Presented by Michael Eissinger.

Thu, 2/20
KL 362

Engaging Students Through Active Learning

We present a sampling of basic individual or small group activities and strategies that will help you hold your students' attention in class and throughout the semester. Presented by Amy Moffat.

Tue, 3/4
KL 362

The TA Role and the Instructor of Record: Communicating Effectively

TAs often need to share grading policy and student progress with instructors. This workshop is designed to help you practice appropriate and professional forms of communication. Presented by Dorie Perez and Holly Rus.

Wed, 3/19
KL 159

Classroom Management Techniques - CANCELLED

This session will provide interactive scenarios from which to develop strategies that establish positive classroom dynamics and minimize conflicts.

Fri, 4/4
KL 362

A Brief History of Education

Educational Movements in America: A Historical Perspective

We are all products of a grand, egalitarian experiment in public education, but have you ever wondered how education itself has been shaped by history? Come and learn about the forces that have shaped who you and your students are, and then discuss ways to apply this to the classroom. Presented by Jason Davis.

Tue, 4/15
KL 362

Composing a Teaching Philosophy

A teaching philosophy is essential to securing a college teaching position. This workshop will discuss different strategies for writing an effective teaching philosophy. Please bring your laptop and/or a copy of your own Teaching Philosophy (if you already have one). Presented by Sara Abboud.

Tue, 5/6


KL 362

The Role of Active Learning within the Biological Sciences and How to Assess Student Progress

"This presentation will provide a summary of my project at the CRTE, where my objective was to create a student-focused teaching approach designed to enable students to think about the concepts within molecular biology from a broader perspective, which can also be applied to general study techniques." Presented by Joseph Heras.

FALL 2013




Wed, 9/11
KL 360

Start with the Outcome: Design Learner-Centered Lessons

Help your students learn while you gain essential knowledge for the academic job market. Whether you are a new or experienced TA, join us for a discussion about what learning outcomes really are and how you can design assignments and activities to help your students achieve them.

Mon, 9/23
KL 159

Engaging Students through Active Learning

About half of our students are first-generation students (defined as neither parent having graduated from a 4-year university). This workshop will focus on best-practices and techniques for supporting their learning.

Week of Oct. 7

Helping Students Study and Think in their Discipline

Are your students listening but not really hearing the lecture? This workshop will discuss various ways to help students listen to and learn from a lecture as well as how to help them begin to think in your discipline.

Week of Oct. 21

Learning from a Panel of Experienced TAs

Experienced Teaching Assistants offer a panel discussion.

Week of Nov. 4

Grading Effectively and Efficiently

Midterms are approaching, and this workshop will address how to create a rubric and grade more efficiently.

Week of Nov. 18

Using Student Evaluations to Improve Teaching

How should you interpret your student evaluations? This workshop will help you determine which aspects of the evaluations will serve to guide you towards constructive changes in your teaching.