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Overview of Winter 2020 Workshops (click to jump to section)

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Pillars of Teaching Assistantship Workshop Series

Pillar 1: Creating Supportive Learning Environments

Fostering Belonging and Community in the Classroom

Pillar 2: Engaging Students in their Learning

2A. Active Learning: What, why and how?

2B. Creating Engaging Lessons

Pillar 3: Assessing Student Learning

3A. Effective Questioning and Classroom Assessment Techniques

3B. Designing and Grading Assessments

Pillar 4: Professional Growth and Development

Improving Teaching through Feedback and Reflection

 Specialty Workshops

Queer & A

Crafting Your Teaching Philosophy Statement

Finding Your Identity as an International TA 

Preparing Your CCUT Portfolio 

Interpreting and Analyzing ESCI Scores 

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Winter 2020 TA Workshops on Pedagogy

Pillars of Teaching Assistantship Workshop Series

The “Pillars of Teaching Assistantship” workshop series and certificate is designed to provide TAs with a comprehensive, research-based foundation for teaching in the role of TA. TAs will earn a Pillars certificate after completing all six workshops and their brief pre- and post- workshop activities.

 

For Winter quarter, we will offer each Pillars workshop once, with a second workshop offering if there is sufficient interest (email lshaddix@ucsb.edu to request a second offering). 

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Pillar 1: Creating Supportive Learning Environments

Fostering Belonging and Community in the Classroom 

Facilitator: Dr. Mindy Colin, Instructional Development
Date: Fri, Jan 10th, 2:30-3:30pm
Location: Kerr 2110
 
Come learn about the diversity of UCSB's undergraduate students and how to support them from a perspective of inclusivity.  In this workshop, you will explore communication and classroom strategies that promote community, and reflect on how your life experiences affect your interactions with undergraduates.

Pillar 2: Engaging Students in their Learning  

2A.  Active learning: What, why and how?

Facilitator: Brody Thompson, Instructional Development
Dates: Mon, Jan 13th, 11-12pm 
Location: GIRV 2127

Students learn better when they are actively participating in the learning process rather than passively listening. In this workshop, you will differentiate between active learning and passive listening, identify elements that foster active learning, and apply a variety of instructional methods.   

2B.  Creating Engaging Lessons

Facilitator: Brody Thompson, Instructional Development
Date: Mon, Feb 10th, 12-1pm (The workshop on Jan 22nd was cancelled.)
Location: GIRV 2120
 
Creating lessons is essential, but how can we ensure those lessons are engaging for our students? In this workshop, you will use learning objective taxonomies and a lesson planning framework to design active, student-centered classes. 
 

Pillar 3: Assessing Student Learning

3A. Effective Questioning and Classroom Assessment Techniques

Facilitator: Anthony Clairmont, Instructional Development
Dates: Thurs, Jan 16th, 4-5pm
Location: HSSB 2251
 
Much of a TA’s role during section is to formulate generative questions, structure activities that check student understanding, and give effective feedback. In this workshop, you will explore several classroom-based assessment and questioning techniques that are based on the principles of giving effective feedback.
 

3B.  Designing and Grading Assessments

Facilitator: Anthony Clairmont, Instructional Development
Dates: Tues, Jan 21st, 2-3pm
Location: SH 1609
 
TAs are responsible for creating, implementing, and evaluating assessments. But what makes a good assessment? How can we use assessment to support learning? And what are some reasonable ways to grade student work? In this workshop, you will use principles from evidence-centered design to make assessments more focused and impactful, and help you with practical grading strategies.
 

Pillar 4: TA Professional Growth and Development

Improving Teaching through Feedback and Reflection 

Facilitator: Dr. Lisa Berry, Instructional Development
Dates: Wed, Jan 29th, 3-4pm
Location: HSSB 1207
 
How well are your teaching strategies working?  How can you get useful, real-time feedback on your teaching? How will you respond when students have widely different perceptions of your teaching?  In this workshop, you will evaluate different ways of reflecting on your teaching that help you grow as a TA.
 
 

Specialty Workshops

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Queer & A

Facilitator: Eugene Riordan, Resource Center for Gender and Sexual Diversity
Date: Tues, Jan 21st, 12:00-1:00pm
Location: Kerr 2110
 
The GSRC, RCSGD, and TADP cordially invite you to a casual, open-ended "Queer & A" ask-and-answer session with Eugene Riordan, who will talk about how to use pronouns in professional settings (as instructors and in TA sections), showcase some practical skills around pronouns and language use, and discuss queer and trans issues in a North American context. If you are curious about sexuality and gender issues at the university and in the USA, come have some snacks and participate in a lively dialogue! 
 

Crafting Your Teaching Philosophy Statement

Facilitator: Dr. Mindy Colin, Instructional Development 
Date: Mon, Jan. 27th, 3:00-4:00pm
Location: Kerr 1128
 
Writing a Teaching Philosophy Statement can be a challenge, and is required for most teaching positions. At the same time, examining and articulating your teaching philosophy can help you to become a more effective instructor. As a participant in this workshop, you will work through a series of exercises to help you reflect on your teaching, and by workshop end you will have a draft outline of your teaching philosophy statement. 
 

Finding Your Identity as an International TA 

Facilitator: Dr. Mindy Colin, Instructional Development
Date: Tues, Feb 11th, 12:00-1:00pm (pizza provided)
Location: Kerr 1128
 
As an International Teaching Assistant (ITA), you may sometimes find yourself far outside your comfort zone when teaching or dealing with students. Whether you are anxious about presenting material in English or wondering how (and why) to get students to participate, one of the most important steps you can take is recognizing how your perceptions about schooling, teaching, and relationships with students affect your ideals about being a TA. In this workshop, Dr. Mindy Colin (Instructional Development) will help you determine your identity as a teacher. Pizza provided by the Graduate Division International Peer.
 

Preparing Your CCUT Portfolio 

Facilitator: Dr. Lisa Berry, Instructional Development
Date: Tues, Feb 11th, 3:00-4:00pm
Location: Kerr 1128
 
The session will provide tips on writing the CCUT teaching portfolio, including ways of presenting teaching materials, documenting student ratings, meeting the technology requirement, tone of the portfolio narration, and more. Participants need to have completed at least two of the CCUT requirements. Please note that if you are completing your doctorate degree in Spring Quarter, the final date that you may submit your CCUT portfolio is Friday, March 20th. 
 

Interpreting and Analyzing ESCI Scores

Facilitator: Dr. Lisa Berry, Instructional Development
Date: Thurs, Feb 20th, 4:00-5:00pm
Location: Kerr 2110
 
In this workshop, you will learn how to interpret statistics from your ESCI (UCSB's student evaluations of teaching) reports, find trends in the data, and strategize about how to enhance your teaching based on students' feedback. We will also discuss approaches for summarizing your ESCI datea for the academic job market.  

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consultation contacts

George Michaelsexecutive director2130 Kerr Hall
work805-893-2378
lisa berrysenior instructional consultant1130 Kerr Hall
work805-893-8395
mindy colininstructional consultant1130 Kerr Hall
work805-893-2828
Mary Lou Ramos database and ESCI administrator1130 Kerr Hall
work805-893-3523
TBD ESCI assistant1124 Kerr Hall
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805-893-3523

Laurel Shaddixoffice manager 1130 Kerr Hall
work805-893-2972
faxfax: 805-893-5915