February 12, 2019 at 10:21 pm

TA Professional Development Workshop Series

The TA Professional Development Workshop Series is geared toward giving participants a unique learning experience. If you are thinking of enhancing your teaching skills and getting ready for your next steps, do not miss the opportunity to benefit from this workshop series which is already underway. It will give you invaluable knowledge and skills for learning how to be more effective instructors/lab leaders, apply for PhD programs, gear up for the job market, and so on.

The already arranged three workshops were titled “Becoming a More Effective & Less-Stressed TA: How to Manage your Time and Responsibilities” (January 28, 2019), “Classroom Management” (January 31, 2019) and, “Applying that app: Incorporating Technology in and out of the Classroom” (February 7, 2019). Following is an account of the remaining four workshops.

The next workshop (fourth in the series) is titled “Creating a Winning Impression as a Teacher” (at 11:00 am-1:00 pm on Wednesday, February 13 in 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!

The fifth workshop is titled “Micro-Teaching Scenarios: Analyzing Our Teaching Skills” (at 11:00-1:00 pm on Thursday, February 21 in Gordy 110). 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!

The sixth workshop, targeting the job market, is titled “How to Prepare for the Job Market: Writing a Teaching Philosophy and a Research Statement” (at 5:00-7:00 pm on Tuesday, February 26 in Gordy 113). 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.

The final workshop is titled “Teaching STEM Content” (at 11:00-1:00 pm on Tuesday, March 5 in Gordy 113). Presenting quantitative content can be daunting for the seasoned professor, let alone a graduate teaching assistant. In this workshop, we will explore and discuss the challenges involved. A lecture on the topic of diffusion is used as an example throughout to illustrate the basic obstacles. Participants will be asked to critically evaluate different strategies, presentation styles, and presentation tools.

The workshop series is facilitated by Dr. Erik Boczko (Mathematics), Dr. Muriel Gallego (Modern Languages), Dr. Edna Lima (Linguistics, ELIP) and Dr. Lara Wallace (Linguistics, ELIP). Feel free to walk in. However, space is limited for some of the workshops (specified above). You need to sign up using the link to guarantee your spot: For any questions or concerns, please contact Professor Gallego at Last but not least, if you attend three or more complete workshops, you will get a certificate of attendance by request.

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