Graduate TA Workshop Series, Fall 2013
Strategies for Facilitating Classroom Discussion
September 17, 11:00am - 1:00pm (Union 181)
Why do discussions fail? What strategies can I implement before, during and after discussion to enhance learning? How can I use videos, entrance and exit assignments or other materials to prompt class discussion? How can I know that discussion is facilitating student learning? This workshop will focus your discussions toward achievement of student learning outcomes and help you to avoid the common traps that bog down discussions or keep them from ever taking off. Over the course of the workshop, we will focus on how to establish a productive class environment, encourage interaction between students, and gauge critical, active engagement with course material.
Reflective Teaching Techniques
October 8, 11:00am - 1:00pm (Union 181)
It has long been established that critical reflection is essential for deep learning. However, students often need to be taught how to engage in meaningful reflection. In this session, we will discuss models for critical reflection and the tools that help facilitate it, and engage participants in a hands-on workshop to enhance understanding of the features of critical reflection. Participants will leave with practical strategies for deepening students' critical reflection, both in and out of the classroom, and consider ways in which reflection can have an impact on student learning.
Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age
November 12, 11:00am - 1:00pm (Union 181)
For those graduate teaching assistants hoping to get academic jobs at teaching focused institutions, a Teaching Portfolio will be a vital part of any successful job search. As with all your job search materials, it is important to start developing a teaching portfolio well in advance of your search and to have a plan for maintaining those materials regularly and efficiently. This workshop will explore the documents you will need in your portfolio, offer strategies for developing a portfolio that represents a learner-focused instructor, and explore several on-line services and tools for maintaining your portfolio through graduation and beyond.
Contact Matthew Russell for further information at email@example.com.