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TA Workshops & Professional Development Programs


for UCSB Graduate Students

Winter Quarter 2018

All sessions are limited to 10 participants.

All sessions will be held in Kerr Hall 2110 unless otherwise stated

Please RSVP at http://apps.id.ucsb.edu/registration/ta-workshop-registration/


The First Day of Section (for Winter Quarter)

Thursday, January 11th, 10:00am – 11:00am

Facilitator: Jenna Santy


The first day of section often sets the tone for the entire quarter, and some of the challenges we face as TAs can be avoided by setting up ourselves and our students for success on the first day. What should you do on the first day? How long do you really need to spend going over logistics? How much time should be spent covering content? How much time should you devote to getting to know your students? Whether you’ve taught before, or winter quarter is your first time teaching, come join us for a discussion on how make the most of your first day with your students.


The Active Classroom

Wednesday, Jan 17th, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Facilitator: Heather Macias

Lecturing for 50 minutes can put a lot of pressure on TAs, from preparing an entire lecture to feeling responsible for going over all the material from that week’s lectures.  Sometimes, when grad school gets stressful, lecturing seems like the easiest lesson when you don’t have time to plan something more exciting.  This workshop will provide you with easy and flexible activities to use in the classroom to get your students moving, talking, reflecting, and building knowledge.  TAs will leave with a variety of activities that can easily be adapted for many subject areas and purposes so your students no longer have to remain seated for an entire section.


Twelve Tiny Tips about Teaching

Tuesday, Jan 23th, 10:00am – 11:00am

Location: Library Room 1560 Sunrise Reading Room

Facilitator: Rachel Rys

Are you interested in improving your teaching but feel like you don’t have the time to make major changes? Come hear twelve tiny tips about teaching crowdsourced from seasoned UCSB instructors and TAs. These tips identify small changes you can make in the classroom now that don’t require you to completely overhaul your teaching philosophy or practice. Attendees will also have the opportunity to share their own best practices with fellow participants.


Discovering Your Teacher Identity

Thursday, Jan 25th, 3-4pm

Facilitator: Mindy Colin

Why do you choose to do certain in-class activities? What do you think is appropriate TA behavior when you are in front of a class? What is your ideal role as a teacher, and why? Whether you are a new or experienced TA, it is important to consider your “teacher identity” to help you justify your pedagogical choices and deal with unexpected challenges. In this workshop you will explore your own experiences as a student and TA in ways that will help you understand why you teach the way you teach, how students may interpret your interactions, and what kinds of teacher/TA development opportunities you may wish to pursue.


Managing Teaching Related Anxiety  

Monday, January 29th, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Facilitator: Jenna Santy

For many people, public speaking and presentation is a source of much anxiety, as can be the stress of planning and then teaching three or more sections a week. This workshop is for graduate students for whom weekly teaching responsibilities and the thought of spending time in the front of the classroom are a source of undue stress. We will discuss strategies and resources for minimizing and managing anxiety related to teaching, and for increasing confidence at the front of the classroom.


Checking for Understanding

Wednesday, January  31st, 1o:00am – 11:00am

Facilitator: Rachel Rys

You’ve planned, prepared, and implemented your lesson plan. But how do you know if your students are really “getting” it? When students don’t ask questions, it can be challenging to figure out what they already know and what topics you still need to cover. This workshop will discuss interactive techniques and activities that encourage students to ask questions and allow you to gauge class-wide comprehension.


Workshop for International TAs: Building Your Confidence

Tuesday, Feb 6th, 2:00pm-3:30pm

Location: Library Room 1575

Sponsored in conjunction with Grad Div and the Library

Facilitators: Dr. Mindy Colin (ID) and Dr. Yeuh-Ching (CAPS)


This is a workshop designed specifically for TAs from other countries. Workshop details and description forthcoming.


Handouts 101

Wednesday, Feb  7th, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Facilitator: Heather Macias

Have you ever wanted to provide your students with a handout to use in section or serve as a helpful guide for difficult concepts? Maybe the prospect of creating a handout from scratch seems too daunting or time consuming, or you feel like your handouts need a fresh look or a new change. Handouts can be a great way to help your students breakdown complex topics, understand old material in new ways, or help students to organize their thinking.  This workshop will provide you with example handouts and different takes on how to format your handouts, including concept maps, charts, outlines, storyboards, and more.


Crafting your Teaching Philosophy Statement

Tuesday, Feb  13th, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Facilitator: Lisa Berry

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.


Preparing Your CCUT Portfolio

Wednesday, Feb  14st, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Location: Kerr Hall 1128

Facilitator: Lisa Berry

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, the final date that you may submit your CCUT portfolio is Friday, March 23.


Efficient (& Effective) Grading of Student Work

Friday, Feb  16th, 10:00am – 11:00am

Facilitator: Jenna Santy

Grading student work can be a huge time commitment and a major source of stress for TAs. How much time should be spent on each assignment? What kind of comments should you leave, and how many? Are there any ways for going through it quicker? During this workshop, we will discuss some approaches to increase efficiency of grading, as well as tips for time management and allocation that can help you plan out and evaluate your grading load.  


Please RSVP at http://apps.id.ucsb.edu/registration/ta-workshop-registration/

consultation contacts

George Michaelsexecutive director2130 Kerr Hall
lisa berrysenior instructional consultant1130 Kerr Hall
mindy colininstructional consultant1130 Kerr Hall
Mary Lou Ramos database and ESCI administrator1130 Kerr Hall
Aisha Wedlaw ESCI assistant1124 Kerr Hall
Breana Barakoffice manager 1130 Kerr Hall
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