The Fundamentals of Teaching Workshops are a new offering from the Chicago Center for Teaching that will provide guidance and support for graduate students as they undertake their first TA responsibilities.  Held during the first weeks of the fall quarter, these workshops build upon the training received during Teaching@Chicago by providing a venue for discussing and addressing the prospects and challenges of your first teaching assignment.  The series is designed to help everyone reflect on teaching from the perspective of student learning, to help create a community of fellow teachers, and thus, to help everyone gain confidence in their teaching. It also satisfies one of the requirements for the College Teaching Certificate.

See below for descriptions of the Fall 2016 workshops, and to register.  While designed with new TAs in mind, all graduate students are welcome to attend.

Fundamentals in Teaching for BSD and PSD
When: Thursdays 3-4:30pm 9/29, 10/6, 10/20, 10/27
Where: CSLC 119 *except* 10/27, room TBD
Light refreshments provided
Want to gain confidence and competence in your role as a TA? Want to become effective and efficient in your classroom/lab? Join our workshop series to gain a foundation in teaching. We will discuss experiences and challenges you are facing in your TA role in an informal and supportive setting. Participants will connect and apply these topics (and more) in their teaching:
- Establishing expectations and learning objectives
- How people learn
- A TA toolkit: assessments and active learning strategies
Strongly recommended for first-time TAs and instructors in STEM; all levels of background welcome. 

RSVP REQUIRED:
To RSVP to this event, please login to GRAD Gargoyle by clicking on the “Student/Alumni” user icon. Once on the home page, follow these steps: Click Events>Click Workshops>Select “FUNDAMENTALS IN TEACHING FOR BSD AND PSD" and RSVP.

 

IME Fundamentals of Teaching - there's still time to take part!
When: Wednesdays; September 28th-October 19th, 3:00-4:30 pm
Where: ERC 301B
Refreshments will be served!

Have you ever wondered what attributes make a great teacher? Most importantly, do you want to become one of them? In this series of workshops, we will explore different concepts and techniques to help you develop and nurture your own teaching style. Some of the material that we will discuss include:
• How to promote student engagement.
• How to formulate effective learning goals.
• How to design learning activities and strategies.
• How to grade more efficiently and fairly.
Come and explore these topics in a friendly environment to reflect on how to improve your teaching! Strongly recommended for first-time TAs; all experience levels are welcome.

RSVP REQUIRED:

To RSVP to this event, please login to GRAD Gargoyle by clicking on the “Student/Alumni” user icon. Once on the home page, follow these steps: Click Events>Click Workshops>Select “IME FUNDAMENTALS OF TEACHING" and RSVP.

Note: There's still room! If you're considering the Fundamentals of IME, please contact Johnny Alfaro-Perez at alfaro @ uchicago.edu to attend.

 

Fundamentals of Teaching in Psychology

PLEASE NOTE: The first meeting on October 6 will take place in GREEN 101 from 10:30-12:00. All other sessions remain as listed below.

When: Thursdays 3:30 - 5:00 pm, Weeks 2 - 5 (October 6, 13, 20, 27)

Where: Beecher 101

Light refreshments will be provided

Are you interested in how people learn? Do you want to become a confident and effective teacher? In a series of four 90-minute workshops led by CCT Fellows Heather H. Mangelsdorf and Hyesang Chang, we will explore various concepts and techniques to help you develop and refine your teaching style, while considering different kinds of teaching roles held by graduate students in psychology. These workshops are strongly recommended for first-time teaching assistants or interns, and are open to graduate students with all levels of teaching experience who are interested in pedagogical topics and psychological science.

In addition to providing a set of essential pedagogical tools for the classroom, the series seeks to foster a supportive community of fellow psychology graduate students by facilitating each other in navigating their teaching experiences. Each week we will reflect on our teaching successes and how to overcome challenges that arise.

Schedule:
Session 1 (October 6): Understanding how people learn
• Review how people construct knowledge
• Discuss how to promote student-centered learning
Session 2 (October 13): Setting and communicating learning objectives, expectations, and standards
• Identify and communicate learning objectives for a course as a whole and individual sessions
Session 3 (October 20): Developing and implementing active learning strategies
• Discuss concrete strategies for promoting active learning in lectures, discussions, lab sessions, or office-hours
Session 4 (October 27): Assessing learning and teaching
• Determine assignments and grading criteria based on learning objectives
• Discuss how to provide valuable (and efficient) feedback and assess your success as a teacher

RSVP REQUIRED:

To RSVP to this event, please login to GRAD Gargoyle by clicking on the “Student/Alumni” user icon. Once on the home page, follow these steps: Click Events>Click Workshops>Select “FUNDAMENTALS OF TEACHING IN PSYCHOLOGY " and RSVP.

 

Fundamentals of Teaching in the Humanities
Instructors: Madeleine Elfenbein and Chaz Lee
When: Mondays, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. (October 3, 10, 17, and 24)
Where: Gates-Blake 133
This four-session workshop is designed to introduce first-time assistants in Humanities courses to the basics of effective college teaching. Topics to be addressed include leading good discussions, using active learning techniques to engage students more deeply, grading efficiently and effectively, and developing a teaching portfolio to hone and showcase your “teaching effectiveness” on the job market. While this workshop is open to assistants in all Humanities courses, those assisting in literature classes might prefer to enroll in the "Fundamentals of Teaching Literature" workshop.

RSVP REQUIRED:
To RSVP to this event, please login to GRAD Gargoyle by clicking on the “Student/Alumni” user icon. Once on the home page, follow these steps: Click Events>Click Workshops>Select “FUNDAMENTALS OF TEACHING IN THE HUMANITIES" and RSVP.

 

Fundamentals of Teaching Literature
When: 4:30-6 Thursdays - first four weeks of the quarter (29 Sept, 6 Oct, 13 Oct, 20 Oct)
Where: Wieboldt 310d/e

Your multi-part question probing the nature of sovereignty in Shakespeare’s Richard III is met with 20 blank stares. The Bard gazes up at you from the cover of your anthology with a mixture of pity and disgust. Where do you go from there? Confront this and other nightmare scenarios in this four-week workshop series for TA's assigned to literature courses. The series will have two objectives: to create a supportive space to troubleshoot everyday teaching challenges, and to work together on developing fundamental teaching skills. By the end of this course, you will gain the ability to confidently engage students in hands-on learning activities, design effective and purposeful class sessions, and assess student learning. There will be a special emphasis on practical strategies for teaching close reading and argumentation.

RSVP REQUIRED:
To RSVP to this event, please login to GRAD Gargoyle by clicking on the “Student/Alumni” user icon. Once on the home page, follow these steps: Click Events>Click Workshops>Select “FUNDAMENTALS OF TEACHING LITERATURE" and RSVP.

 

Fundamentals of Interning in the Social Sciences Core
When: Thursdays 12:00-1:20 (Weeks 1-4, Sept. 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20)
Where: Gates-Blake 133
With Yaqub Hilal and Amanda Blair

Join us for a workshop series specifically designed for interns in the Social Sciences Core. As well as providing participants with a set of essential pedagogical tools for the classroom, the series seeks to foster a supportive community of fellow graduate students that will help participants navigate their intern experience. We will focus on how to cultivate productive relationships with the course instructor, engage with students effectively, and develop teaching skills for the Core and beyond. Though the series is oriented towards students who are interning in the Core, it is open to all graduate students in the Social Sciences. Topics include:

• Identifying and communicating learning goals
• Promoting active learning
• Developing effective assessment, feedback, and grading strategies

RSVP REQUIRED:
To RSVP to this event, please login to GRAD Gargoyle by clicking on the “Student/Alumni” user icon. Once on the home page, follow these steps: Click Events>Click Workshops>Select “FUNDAMENTALS OF INTERNING IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES CORE" and RSVP.


Fundamentals of TAing in the Social Sciences
When: Thursdays 2:30-4PM (Oct 6, Oct 13, Oct 20, Oct 27)
Where: Gates -Blake 133

Are you TAing this year in the social sciences? Join us for a workshop series of four sessions to help you navigate your experience TAing in the Social Sciences (TAs and course assistants for any SSD department are welcome). The sessions will focus on how to cultivate productive relationships with the instructor, engage with students effectively, and develop teaching skills for the classroom. Sessions will run from 2:30 to 4PM October 6th, October 13th, October 20th, and October 27th in Gates-Blake 133.

RSVP REQUIRED:
To RSVP to this event, please login to GRAD Gargoyle by clicking on the “Student/Alumni” user icon. Once on the home page, follow these steps: Click Events>Click Workshops>Select “FUNDAMENTALS OF TAing IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES" and RSVP.

 

Teach Like a Historian: The Fundamentals
When: Fridays 12:00 – 1:30, Weeks 2, 3, 5, 6 (Oct. 7, 14, 28; Nov. 4)
Where: Gates-Blake 133

Looking for advice on how to navigate your first quarter as an intern or teaching assistant? 

All graduate students who will be taking on their first duties as interns or teaching assistants in the history department this year are invited and encouraged to attend the Fundamentals of Teaching History Workshop led by Teaching Fellows Sarah Weicksel and Nick Kryczka.

In four sessions, we will cover what it means to teach students to think historically; how to identify learning goals for individual sessions and the course as a whole; strategies for leading discussion and engaging students in their learning; and grading and assessment.The Fundamentals Workshop also provides a place for graduate students to troubleshoot the weekly challenges that come with navigating the assistantship/internship experience.

These sessions are part of the Chicago Center for Teaching Fundamentals program, and have been developed by and for graduate students in the history department.

The ninety-minute workshops will meet on Fridays at noon, beginning in the second week of the fall quarter.  

• Session 1 (October 7th): Think Like a Historian
o We will focus on how people learn and what it means to learn to think historically.
• Session 2 (October 14th): Have a Plan
o We will discuss how to design learning goals for your students, and how to keep those goals true to the discipline.
• Session 3 (October 28th): Get Them Talking
o We will learn strategies to to engage students in the classroom, and how to manage an effective class discussion.
• Session 4 (November 4th): Grade and Assess
o We will focus on developing assessments, rubrics, and feedback that reflect what we want students to have learned-- and make the grading job easier.

RSVP REQUIRED:
To RSVP to this event, please login to GRAD Gargoyle by clicking on the “Student/Alumni” user icon. Once on the home page, follow these steps: Click Events>Click Workshops>Select “TEACH LIKE A HISTORIAN " and RSVP.

 

 

Anyone with questions about these programs may contact Elizabeth Fagan at egafagan @ uchicago.edu.