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 2017 workshops, and to register.  While designed with new TAs in mind, all graduate students are welcome to attend. Registration for these 4 week fundamentals can be found on GRAD Gargoyle.

 

 

Teaching the Past: The Fundamentals of History Pedagogy

Dates: Thursdays, 9/28, 10/12, 10/26, and 11/9

Time: 2:00-3:30 pm.

Place: John Hope Franklin Room (Social Science 224)

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 or Civilizations Core this year are invited and encouraged to attend the Fundamentals of History Pedagogy Workshop. 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 and anthropology departments. Attendance at these workshops counts toward the College Teaching Certificate granted by the Chicago Center for Teaching.

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 “TEACHING THE PAST: THE FUNDAMENTALS OF HISTORY PEDAGOGY” and RSVP.

 

Fundamentals of Teaching Literature

Location: Weiboldt 310D/E

Dates: Thursdays, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10 and 10/17

Time: 4:30-6:00 PM

This four-week workshop is designed to provide a space for first-time TA’s to discuss and troubleshoot challenges in the classroom, and to offer instruction in fundamental teaching practices. Each week, we’ll begin with This Week in Teaching, a moderated discussion in which participants share and are supported in current teaching challenges. We’ll then move on to a lesson plan centered on a key topic in teaching that will allow participants to craft and share teaching strategies that can be used in the classroom that week. By the end of the four weeks, each participant will have a toolkit of skills, problem-solving strategies and in-class activities that will make teaching simpler, prep more efficient, and your time in class more fun. Attendance at these workshops counts toward the College Teaching Certificate granted by the Chicago Center for Teaching.

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 Teaching in the Humanities

Location: Wieboldt 310D/E

Dates: Thursdays, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, and 10/19

Time: 4:00-5:30 pm

Are you a Humanities grad student who is new to teaching? As first-time teachers, many of us have fearfully imagined how we might freeze up when faced with silence in the middle of a discussion section, how we might make a misstep in our approach to a hot-button topic, even how we might find ourselves at a loss for words when fielding questions about the value of humanistic inquiry. If you’ve ever spent time worrying about these types of teaching nightmares, or would just like to hear what others have done to allay such anxieties, then this four-part workshop is for you. Each week participants will engage in supportive discussions of early teaching challenges and experiences and learn about key topics in teaching, such as setting expectations, engaging students in active learning, creating an inclusive classroom and designing assessments.  By the end of the series, participants will have worked collaboratively with advanced graduate teachers to plan class sessions, design effective assignments, and foster good relationships with faculty and undergraduates. While this Fundamentals series is designed for new instructors, all experience levels are welcome. Attendance at these workshops counts toward the College Teaching Certificate granted by the Chicago Center for Teaching.

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 in the Social Sciences

Location: Wieboldt 310D/E

Dates: Wednesdays, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18 and 10/25

Time: 4:30-6:00 pm

Join us for a workshop series specifically designed for teaching 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. Topics to be addressed include identifying and communicating learning objectives, assessing student learning in the classroom, grading efficiently and effectively, and conducting productive office hours. Though the series is oriented towards students who are interning in the Core, it is open to all graduate students in the Social Sciences. Attendance at these workshops counts toward the College Teaching Certificate granted by the Chicago Center for Teaching.

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 SOCIAL SCIENCES” and RSVP.

 

The Science Teacher’s Toolkit

Location: Kersten Physics Teaching Center (KPTC) 103

Dates: Thursdays, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, and 10/19

Time: 3:00-4:30 pm

In this series of four hands-on workshops, you will be engaged in activities to utilize the most effective evidence-based tools from the science pedagogy literature. We focus on implementation and practice: in the later sessions, you will get a chance to present short lessons which uses the techniques that we've discussed, and get immediate feedback in a small group setting.

Some of the tools and ideas we'll discuss include:

What to expect: discuss how the classroom interaction usually works and what is expected from the instructor.

Learning objectives: how to increase transparency and clarify students' objectives.

Peer instruction: leverage student-student interactions for teaching.

Classroom technologies: use Piazza, polling software, and other software to improve the student experience.

Student engagement techniques: use structured small-group activities to keep participation high.

Getting feedback: collect data via surveys and concept inventories to gauge the efficacy of your teaching.

Your facilitators, Christian Ferko and Mohamed Abdelhafez, are physics PhD students who are passionate about the teaching and learning of physics. We're excited to share some of our ideas about pedagogy and to hear your thoughts and experiences! Attendance at these workshops counts toward the College Teaching Certificate granted by the Chicago Center for Teaching.

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 “THE SCIENCE TEACHER’S TOOLKIT” and RSVP.

 

Beyond the First Year: Fundamentals of Teaching Mid-/Upper-Level Language Classes

Location: Gates-Blake 133

Dates: Tuesdays, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, and 11/7

Time: 5:00-6:30 pm

Are you teaching an intermediate or advanced foreign language class this year? Do you hope to in the future? Join us for a workshop series designed to help you navigate the challenges of moving beyond the beginning language classroom, and designing your own mid- or upper-level course. In four sessions, we will discuss the fundamentals of assessment and proficiency, how to establish learning objectives at the intermediate/advanced level, and strategies for integrating content and grammar. Participants will have the opportunity to develop activities for future classes, test new learning strategies, and reflect on their own experiences in the classroom. This workshop series is recommended for graduate student instructors teaching a foreign language at the intermediate or advanced level, but is open to graduate students with all levels of teaching experience who are interested in foreign or second language pedagogy. Attendance at these workshops counts toward the College Teaching Certificate granted by the Chicago Center for Teaching.

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 “BEYOND THE FIRST YEAR: FUNDAMENTALS OF TEACHING MID-/UPPER-LEVEL LANGUAGE CLASSES” and RSVP.

 

Fundamentals of Teaching in Social Work

Location: School of Social Service Administration, Room TBD

Dates: Tuesdays, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, and 10/31

Times: 12:00-1:30 pm

Are you feeling somewhat apprehensive or unprepared to teach at the graduate level? Moreover, are you interested in exploring how to make the most out of your teaching experiences at SSA? Do you have questions around teaching expectations at SSA? If you answered yes to any of these questions, please join us for interactive workshops on how to manage your teaching responsibilities and expectations and enhance your teaching skills at SSA. These workshops are designed for social work doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows who currently serve or plan to serve as a Teaching Assistant, but also accommodate new instructors who want to further refine their teaching pedagogy and develop a course on important themes to consider in a classroom setting. Sponsored through the Chicago Center for Teaching, these four interactive workshops will cover themes around establishing learning objectives and course descriptions; developing teaching strategies; fostering inclusive learning spaces; and creating assessment and grading systems. Please note that you are NOT required to attend every workshop but you are certainly welcomed to do so. By attending each workshop, you will be working towards fulfilling one requirement for obtaining a teaching certificate through the Chicago Center for Teaching. Moreover, these workshops will enhance your teaching experiences at SSA and beyond, serving as a booster for your curriculum vitae. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to let us know. We look forward to connecting with you during Autumn Quarter. Wishing you a great start to the academic school year!

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 SOCIAL WORK” and RSVP.

 

Anyone with questions about these programs may contact Sam Harris at slharris[at]uchicago[dot]edu.