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TA Orientation

Campus-wide Orientation for New TAs and Readers
Annually co-sponsored by:
The Graduate Division and Instructional Development
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Attendance at the annual TA Orientation is required of all first-time TAs and Readers with secured appointments at UCSB, even if duties will not begin until Winter or Spring Quarters.

Schedule of Events for 2016:
  9:00 - 10:05 General Information Session –Campbell Hall
10:05 - 10:25 Refreshments
10:30 - 11:20 Workshop Session I–Phelps Hall
11:30 - 12:20 Workshop Session II–Phelps Hall
12:30 - 1:00 United Auto Workers (UAW) –Campbell Hall

(SEE BELOW FOR A TENTATIVE LIST OF WORKSHOPS AND DESCRIPTIONS)

Tentative List of Workshop and Descriptions offered by UCSB faculty, and experienced TAs

TEACHING PROBLEM SOLVING
Participants will explore a variety of ways to enhance student learning in math, engineering & natural sciences courses that focus on problem-solving. A videotape produced at UCSB will be used to illustrate effective and non-effective strategies for teaching problem solving skills.  .

AN INTRODUCTION FOR INTERNATIONAL TAs
International TAs will learn approaches for dealing with issues, and adjusting to U.S. classrooms.  Participants will gain hands-on experience working through scenarios of common classroom experiences.

GRADING STUDENT WRITING
For TAs and Readers who will be grading student research and term papers, this session will provide you will invaluable approaches for grading fairly and in ways that will best assist students in their learning.

THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS
This session provides a check list of pre-class preparations, styles of approaching the first class session, hints in getting comfortable in front of the class, and ideas on how to deal with "first quarter anxiety."

LEADING LAB SECTIONS
An experienced TA will offer perspectives on basic teaching issues for lab classes. In addition, this workshop will provide a method that will help you teach your students to think critically as they prepare their lab reports.

LEADING DISCUSSION SECTIONS
An experienced TA will offer strategies for promoting and focusing discussions, encouraging student participation, utilizing different teaching approaches, and hints on becoming comfortable as a TA.

WHAT DO I DO IF....?
In this session, participants will become better prepared for the unexpected, yet inevitable, situations faced by TAs. Bring your own questions and be ready to think through new scenarios.

TAing ENGINEERING SECTIONS
This session is designed specifically for TAs in Engineering to better prepare you for the unique challenges in these fields.

TEACHING MIXED-ABILITY CLASSES IN MATH AND SCIENCE
TAs will learn strategies for structuring their math and science sections to keep students of mixed-abilities engaged and on task. 

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE UAW: KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
How do you balance being both a grad student and a UC employee? What rights do you have while working as a teaching assistant, reader or tutor? Union representatives will lead the session.

TEACHING STUDY SKILLS TO ENHANCE LEARNING
This session offers dozens of study skill strategies to teach your students. Also provided will be methods of identifying student academic skill difficulties so that referrals can be made.


COMMENTS FROM PREVIOUS PARTICIPANTS

  • "I enjoyed the variety of workshops and the opportunity to meet other TAs in other departments."
  • "The Orientation Program was well-run and useful. The workshops were quite helpful for my preparation to lead sections."
  • "Well-organized: moved quickly through the speakers and topics. I was very impressed with the range of topics discussed."
  • "Helpful information on student and TA responsibilities, as well as on referral services."
  • "Thanks for the careful attention to making being a TA for the first time less stressful."
  • "I felt that the campuswide TA orientation was great, it really helped. The checklist given in one of the seminars really calmed my nerves."
  • "Overall, very good orientation and I appreciate the administration of UCSB for doing this for us. I learned a lot, which in turn profits the students. Thanks!"
  • "The TA orientation program gave both information about TA work and the personal stories from the experience of veteran TAs."

Participation in the campus-wide TA Orientation also provides partial satisfaction of Requirement #1 for the Certificate in College and University Teaching.

 Please see the TA Orientation flyter available for download and distribution below.

Questions?  Contact Dr. Lisa Berry (xt. 8395)

 

Available DownloadsSize
TA Orientation Flyer_2016.pdf56.17 KB
TA&Future Faculty programs.pdf120.17 KB
First Time TAs.pdf81.97 KB
TA Taping.pdf67.46 KB

consultation contacts

George Michaelsexecutive director2130 Kerr Hall
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lisa berrysenior instructional consultant1130 Kerr Hall
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mindy colininstructional consultant1130 Kerr Hall
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Mary Lou Ramos database and ESCI administrator1130 Kerr Hall
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Aisha Wedlaw ESCI assistant1124 Kerr Hall
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Sarah Koepkeoffice manager 1130 Kerr Hall
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faxfax: 805-893-5915