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TA Workshops & Professional Development Programs


for UCSB Graduate Students

Spring Quarter 2017
(NOTE: these workshop also count towards STIA requirements)

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

Questions? Please contact Sarah Koepke

Crafting your Teaching Philosophy Statement

Friday, April 7th, 10:00am – 11:00am - Kerr 1128   OR 

Wednesday, May 24th, 10:00am – 11:00am - Kerr 1128

Facilitator: Dr. Lisa Berry, Instructional Development

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, April 12th, 1:00pm – 2:00pm - Kerr 2110

Facilitator: Dr. Lisa Berry, Instructional Development

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 Summer, the final date that you may submit your CCUT portfolio is Friday, May 5. 


Discovering Your Teacher Identity

Thursday, April 20th, 2:00pm – 3:00pm - Ellison 2816

Facilitator: Dr. Mindy Colin, Instructional Development 

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. 


Mock Interviews & Debrief: Talk about your Teaching

Wednesday, April 26th, 3:00pm – 4:00pm - Kerr 1128


Thursday, April 27th, 3:00pm – 4:00pm - Kerr 1128

Facilitators: Dr. Mindy Colin (Instructional Development) and Emma Levine (TADP Coordinator) 

Interested in a career in higher-education teaching? In this mock group interview, participants will have a chance to practice talking about their teaching. To foster authenticity, we will induce a mild degree of nervousness by videotaping participants. During a private follow-up session, you will have the opportunity to review your performance on videotape with an Instructional Consultant. Each session will be limited to 3-4 participants, so RSVP for one of the two sessions as soon as possible.


Teaching Reading Comprehension 

Friday, April 28th, 1:00pm – 2:00pm - Girvetz 1106

Facilitator: Emma Levine, TA Development Program Coordinator, Music Department

Do you find your students are unable to remember what they've read? Does this manifest in lack-luster class discussions or poor test scores? In this workshop, we will discuss how to help our students become "active" readers, focusing on reading techniques and note-taking skills, and finally debunking some common myths about reading.


Teaching to Multi-Level Groups

Monday, May 1st, 4:00pm – 5:00pm - Girvetz 2110

Facilitator: Emma Levine, TA Development Program Coordinator, Music Department

Students come into our classrooms from different backgrounds with varying levels of prior knowledge. While this diversity of students [poses] some difficulties, such as how to determine an appropriate pace for the class to maximize student engagement, there are actually many advantages to this situation. In this workshop, we will discuss different ways to encourage learning at all levels and explore different types of section activities to build a community of learners in the classroom.


Jump-Starting Discussion: Increasing Student Involvement

Monday, May 8th, 4:00pm – 5:00pm - Girvetz 1116

Facilitator: Emma Levine, TA Development Program Coordinator, Music Department

Fostering student participation is key to making discussion sections both effective and fun. We will discuss how you can prepare yourself, and your students, for lively discussions. These practical approaches can help students engage with the material, become more motivated scholars, and increase student interaction.


Acting Lessons for Teachers – Part I

Friday, May 19th, 1:00pm – 2:00pm - Girvetz 1112

Facilitator: Emma Levine, TA Development Program Coordinator, Music Department

The enthusiasm of the instructor can lead to greater student engagement, and oftentimes, the most effective teachers are perceived as being the most enthusiastic. This raises the question as to whether we can become more enthusiastic, so as to be more effective in the classroom. The answer is yes, and one way to do so is integrate methods commonly used by actors into your teaching. There are numerous parallels between the professions of acting and teaching, and we teachers can enhance our versatility in the classroom by employing some of the same techniques used by actors. In this workshop, we will discuss some of these different tools and how they can be used to create unique classroom experiences that inspire students. The more comfortable and confident you are using these techniques, the more tools you will have at your disposal to make your teaching come to life.


Acting Lessons for Teachers – Part II

Friday, May 26th, 1:00pm – 2:00pm - Girvetz 1112

Facilitator: Emma Levine, TA Development Program Coordinator, Music Department

This workshop will be a continuation of the first Acting Lessons workshop. We will continue to explore methods and act out scenarios. You do not need to have attended the first acting lessons workshop in order to attend this one.


Effective Use of Mobile Technology during Section

Wednesday, May 31st, 2:00pm – 3:00pm - Girvetz 1108

Facilitator: Dr. Mindy Colin, Instructional Development 

Come learn the many different ways you can engage students by having them use their smart phones, tablets, and laptops during section! Not only will we look at some great classroom games and apps, we will also cover how to manage student behavior regarding mobile technology use during class.    

Please REGISTER 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
Sarah Koepkeoffice manager 1130 Kerr Hall
faxfax: 805-893-5915