August 24, 2018 at 10:08 am

TA Workshops Offered to Help Graduate Student Improve Teaching Skills

The TA Professional Development Workshop Series can help graduate students enhance their teaching and leadership skills.

“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 Teaching Assistants or graduate students who attend three or more workshops.

Feel free to walk in; however, for some of the workshops space is limited.

These workshops are facilitated by:

Fall 2019 Workshops

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

When: Wednesday, Sept. 19, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Where: Gordy 311

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 or tablet.

Becoming a More Effective & Less-Stressed TA: How to Manage your Time and Responsibilities

When: Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Gordy 113

Is grading taking over your life? Do you spend twice as long planning your lessons as you do giving them? Do students’ office hours visits seem to drag on and on? In this workshop, we work on using time more efficiently for grading, lesson planning, and meeting with students so that you can spend more time on your own studies and research.

Classroom Management

When: Monday, Oct. 1, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Where: Gordy 113

Managing the classroom or 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.

Micro-Teaching Scenarios: Analyzing Our Teaching Skills

When: Thursday, Oct. 11, from noon to 2 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!

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

When: Monday, Oct. 15, from noon to 2 p.m.

Where: Gordy 113

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 students’ 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.

Creating a Winning Impression as a Teacher

When: Monday, Oct. 22, from noon to 2 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 videotaping 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 also will be discussed. This workshop is capped at 20, so be sure to sign up early!

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