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TA Workshops & Professional Development Programs

Overview of Fall 2019 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

Teaching Quantitative Concepts

Professional Training on Mutual Respect

Preparing your CCUT Portfolio

International TAs: Communicating and Interacting withe Your Students

Crafting your Teaching Philosophy Statement

 

Fall 2019 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 certificate after completing all six workshops.

 

All workshops will be held in KERR 1128 unless otherwise stated

 

Click here to REGISTER for PILLARS workshops

Pillar 1: Creating Supportive Learning Environments

Fostering Belonging and Community in the Classroom 

Facilitator: Dr. Mindy Colin, Instructional Development
Dates: Wed, Oct 2, 3-4pm or Thurs, Nov 21, 3-4pm, Studio B, Kerr 1205
 
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: Tues, Oct 8, 1-2pm or Mon, Oct 28, 10-11am, Phelps 1444

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
Dates: Wed, Oct. 16, 1-2pm, Tues, Nov 5, 1-2pm, HSSB 1211
 
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: Tues, Oct 15, 4-5pm, Wed, Nov 6, 4-5pm, Studio B, 1205 Kerr Hall
 
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: Mon, Oct 21, 4-5pm (GIRV 2127), Thurs, Nov 14, 4-5pm (GIRV 2108)
 
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, Oct 30, 9-10am (GIRV 2108) or Mon, Nov 18, 4-5pm, Studio B, Kerr 1205
 
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

All workshops will be held in KERR 1128 unless otherwise stated

Click here to REGISTER for SPECIALTY workshops

Teaching Quantitative Concepts

Facilitator: Dr. Lisa Berry, Instructional Development
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 9:00-10:00am
 
Students often find quantitative concepts difficult to understand and may respond by disengaging in the course. In this workshop, we will explore barriers to quantitative thinking and learn strategies that can be used to help students overcome those challenges. 
 

Professional Workshop on Mutual Respect

Facilitators: Professional staff from EODP, Title IX and CARE
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 12:00-1:30pm, Kerr 2110

This workshop explores the role we all have in creating environments that are inclusive, safe and supportive for every individual's success.  In alignment with UCSB's mission, this collaborative endeavor is facilitated by EODP, Title IX and CARE in an effort to understand how our backgrounds and experiences shape our beliefs, value and actions.  you will learn skills and tools to acknowledge and address biases and microaggressions in a respectful manner and understand potential policy implications.

Preparing Your CCUT Portfolio

 
Facilitator: Dr. Lisa Berry, Instructional Development
Monday, October 28, 4:00-5:00pm
 
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 Winter Quarter, the final date that you may submit your CCUT portfolio is Friday Dec 9th.
 

International TAs: Communicating and Interacting with Your Students

Facilitator: Dr. Mindy Colin, Instructional Development
Location: SRB Multipurpose Room (pizza provided)
Tues, Nov 5, 12-1pm
 
In this workshop international graduate student TAs will discuss their responsibilities and role in undergraduate courses at UCSB. We will compare schooling in their home country and UCSB as a backdrop for determining appropriate ways to facilitate section and grade student work. We will also practice teaching strategies that support appropriate communication and interaction with UCSB students during class.
 

Crafting your Teaching Philosophy Statement

Wed, Nov 13, 10:00-11:00am in Kerr 2110
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.

Click here to REGISTER for SPECIALTY workshops

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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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TBD ESCI assistant1124 Kerr Hall
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