September 1, 2017 at 5:45 pm

TA Workshop | Classroom Management, Sept. 26

The TA Professional Development Workshop Series can help graduate students enhance their teaching skills and get ready for their next step.

“Are you interested in being a more effective instructor or lab leader? Are you getting ready to apply for Ph.D. programs? Are you ready for the job market?” asks Dr. Muriel Gallego, a member of the TA Professional Development Faculty Learning Community, which hosts the workshops. For more information, contact Gallego at

A certificate of attendance will be provided to students who attend three or more workshops.

Feel free to walk in; however, for some of the workshops space is limited. Please sign up online to guarantee a spot!

Upcoming Workshops

Classroom Management

When: Tuesday, Sept. 26, 5 to 7 p.m.

Where: Gordy 109

Managing the classroom/lab environment, or interacting with students outside of the classroom can be one of the most challenging aspects of teaching. This workshop is designed to address classroom management issues and concerns, offering TAs a variety of resources to improve student engagement and build a positive climate for learning. It will include topics such as creating a welcoming environment, establishing guidelines and expectations, maintaining professionalism, and handling disruptive students.

Creating a Winning Impression as a Teacher

When: Tuesday, Oct. 10, 5 to 7 p.m.

Where: Gordy 113

When applying for a teaching position, you may be asked to provide evidence of your teaching skills through a demonstration either in that department or in a class you are already teaching. This workshop will help you to showcase your talents by video-recording you in an impromptu performance that you and your peers will critique. You will receive expert advice from teacher trainers on what you can do to increase your clarity and make a positive impact for future demonstrations. Tips for teaching clarity, overcoming nervousness, and displaying confidence will also be discussed. This workshop is capped at 20, so be sure to sign up early!

Applying that app: Incorporating Technology in and out of the Classroom

When: Thursday, Oct. 26, 5 to 7 p.m.

Where: Gordy 109

Do you want to show that particular video in class but it’s too long ? By using ThingLink and EDpuzzle you can easily make it more interactive by adding tags, audio comments, images or links to other videos. Do you want to survey the students or check immediate comprehension through multiple choice, true or false, or fill-in-the- blank activities, Quizlet or Kahoot will allow you to do this. The use of technology can improve student’s experience in and out of the classroom, and turn a traditional lesson into a motivating and interactive experience for the class. In this workshop, you will learn to use some applications, which are meant for teaching and evaluating contents, as well as for promoting classroom cooperation.

Micro-Teaching Scenarios: Analyzing Our Teaching Skills

When: Tuesday, Nov. 7, 5 to 7 p.m.

Where: Gordy 113

Have you ever wanted to be a fly on the wall in your own classroom, to see what your students see? Talking about teaching is one thing, but putting it into practice is another. In this workshop, you will practice handling different situations that arise in the classroom. For those of you who have attended previous workshops in this series, this is your chance to put into practice what you have learned. If this is the first workshop you will attend, it will specifically target your teaching skills and provide you with immediate feedback. Your impromptu teaching demonstration will be video-recorded for analysis in the workshop. You will receive expert advice from teacher trainers on what you can do, and will discuss the experience with your peers. This workshop is capped at 15, so be sure to sign up early!

How to Prepare for the Job Market: Writing a Teaching Philosophy and a Research Statement

When: Thursday, Nov. 16 – 5 to 7 p.m.

Where: Gordy 109

It’s a challenging and stressful time to be on the job market, and it is never too early to start planning and developing your materials. Whether you are interested in teaching, or plan to devote most of your time to research, any job application for an academic appointment will include a Teaching Philosophy and a Research Statement. This workshop will help you craft (or edit) those important documents. Feel free to bring your documents and your computer/tablet.

These workshops are facilitated by:

  • Erik Boczko (Mathematics)
  • Muriel Gallego (Modern Languages)
  • Edna Lima (Linguistics, ELIP)
  • Carmelinda Chilelli (Modern Languages)
  • Lara Wallace (Linguistics, ELI

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