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TA Workshops & Professional Development Programs


for UCSB Graduate Students

Spring Quarter 2019

All sessions are limited to 10 participants.

All sessions will be held in Kerr Hall 1128 unless otherwise stated.

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

Please email Laurel Shaddix at lshaddix@ucsb.edu to disenroll yourself from one or more workshops.



Setting the Tone in your Spring Quarter Classroom

Monday, April 1st, 9:00am-10:00am

Facilitator: Katie Bainbridge

The start of Spring quarter is the perfect opportunity to make a fresh start in your teaching. Are you hoping to encourage more participation or to increase student engagement this quarter? The first day of section can help you set the tone for the classroom culture that you want to develop this spring. In this workshop, we will discuss approaches and activities for the first day of section that will get students thinking, talking, and participating from Day 1.



Crafting your Teaching Philosophy Statement

Monday, April 8th, 1:00– 2:00pm

Thursday, May 23rd, 9:30-10:30am

Facilitators: Drs. Lisa Berry and Mindy Colin, 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.



Preparing your CCUT Portfolio

Date: Wednesday, April 10th, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Location: 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 5th.



Trauma-Informed Classroom

Thursday, April 11th, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Facilitator: Kristen Minami, Prevention Education Coordinator, CARE


Participants will be provided with an overview of trauma and how it impacts a student’s learning and development. Participants will also gain the tools to recognize trauma in students, how it manifests in the classroom, and be aware of specific student groups that are at elevated risks for trauma. The presenters will support participants in developing and incorporating classroom-level strategies to be able to implement within their professional roles.



Teaching Workshop for International TAs

Date: Tuesday, April 16th 12:00-1:00pm

Location: SRB, OISS Conference Room (3rd floor)

Facilitators: Mindy Colin (ID)  and Karen Li (Grad Div)

The Graduate Division and Instructional Development are pleased to host this workshop and lunch for International TAs. We will discuss common issues new (and experienced) International TAs often have to grapple with, such as teaching in the English language, cross-cultural (mis)understandings in the classroom, and grading practices.



Efficient and Effective Grading of Student Writing

Wednesday, April 17th, 12:00-1:00pm

Facilitator: Peter Romaskiewicz, TA Pedagogical Advisor

As many TAs spend much time grading students' writing, this session addresses strategies for making our work more efficient and consistent, as well as ways to encourage students' improvement. Issues we will discuss include grading rubrics, written feedback, and anticipating potential grade disputes. Bring to this workshop: a. the prompts or instructions for a specific assignment and/or papers; b. (optional) any grading rubrics or grading checklists you use.



Evidence-Based PowerPoint Design

Monday, April 22nd, 11:00am – 12:00pm

Facilitator: Katie Bainbridge, TA Pedagogical Advisor


Multimedia learning research has established principles of instructional design- but do you know what these principles are? Are you accidentally violating one when you make PowerPoints? Come to this workshop to learn how to make slides that research shows help your students learn best.



Graduate Student Teaching Symposium

Friday, April 26th, 9:00am – 3:00pm

Location: UCen State Street and Lobero Rooms

Featuring: Faculty from local City, State and UC Colleges and Grad student presenters

REGISTER HERE: https://goo.gl/forms/gdOF11oUUEBLm5hM2


The Grad Teaching Symposium is an event for graduate students who are interested in teaching careers. More information, including a presenter call for proposals and participant registration information will be posted at the beginning of Spring quarter.



Engaging Students through Thought-Provoking Questions

Wednesday, May 1st, 12:00- 1:00pm

Facilitator: Peter Romaskiewicz, TA Pedagogical Advisor


Asking good, probing questions is a cornerstone of effective teaching. The workshop will examine strategies for crafting thought-provoking questions that will increase student engagement and deepen their understanding of the course material. We will also cover some of the more tricky social aspects of classroom instruction, such as when students are unresponsive to questions, or when a student responds, but offers a "wrong" or non-optimal answer.



Jump-Starting Discussion: Increasing Student Involvement

Monday, May 6th, 11:00am – 12:00pm

Facilitator: Jenny Sperling, TA Pedagogical Advisor


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.



Teaching Multi-Level Groups in STEM

Tuesday, May 7th, 10:00 – 11:00am

Facilitator: Dr. Lisa Berry, Instructional Development


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 STEM classroom.



Supporting Distressed Students

Monday, May 13th, 11:00am – 12:00pm

Facilitator: Jenny Sperling, TA Pedagogical Advisor

Students encounter a large amount of stress for a variety of reasons throughout their college journey. Academic demands, work-related concerns, financial worries, and family/relationship scenarios are only a few sources of stress that many of our students face and cope with daily. As TAs, you might encounter students who are in need of your support and care, and it is important to be prepared. In this workshop we will discuss the ways in which you might provide assistance to students experiencing any levels of distress. We will briefly revisit our own campus resources and protocol, but will center our conversations around effective strategies to care for your students in a way that acknowledges who they are, their emotions, and what they are experiencing.



Instructional Video Tools at UCSB

Friday, May 17th, 10:00am – 11:30am

Location: Video Services, Studios A&B 1200 Kerr Hall

Facilitator: Dr. Mindy Colin and Erika Snell, Instructional Development


Get creative with video assignments and short tutorials for your classes at this overview of the instructional video tools available to TAs and students at UCSB. We will take a tour of the recording studios and demonstrate GauchoCast, the Learning Glass, Panopto, and Zoom.



Effective use of Mobile Technology during Section

Tuesday, May 21st, 11:00am- 12:00pm

Facilitator: Dr. Mindy Colin, Instructional Development


Come learn the many different ways you can engage students by having them use their smartphones, 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.    



Acting Tips for Teachers

Wednesday, May 22nd, 4:00-5:00pm

Location: Kerr 2110

Facilitator: Hala Baki, Department of Theater and Dance


Have you ever considered what teachers can learn from actors? After all, they do perform their role in front of a student audience and captivate them with their confidence and enthusiasm. Teachers often set the tone of a classroom, just like actors make a show memorable. The most effective teachers do so in a way that encourages active student engagement. They share the stage, making everyone feel like they are part of the experience. This workshop will offer some acting tips for teachers who wish to increase their presence, confidence, and enthusiasm in the classroom. It will introduce you to some easy, practical exercises that can help improve these aspects of teaching and transform your classroom performance.


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
TBD ESCI assistant1124 Kerr Hall


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