The Fundamentals of Teaching Series aims to productively address the challenges and questions new graduate student teachers (e.g. TAs, CAs, interns) face in the first weeks of the quarter and to help them develop core competencies in teaching for facilitating and enhancing student learning.  The core competencies are based on the constructive alignment framework and aim to translate these principles into concrete practices that new instructors can apply in their first teaching experiences.  In the Fundamentals sessions, Fellows will draw on these ideas, their own experiences, and the insights of their participants, to cultivate a supportive learning community and empower participants to create supportive learning communities in their own classrooms.

During the Fundamentals of Teaching Series, our goal is for participants to:

  • Reflect on the practice of teaching by considering how different pedagogical practices can facilitate, enhance, or hinder student learning, perhaps in the context of remote teaching & learning.
  • Experience a supportive community of fellow teachers with whom they can share their questions and concerns and (hopefully) continue to consult after Fundamentals.
  • Gain greater confidence in their ability to teach.

Autumn Quarter 2022 Offerings

Fundamentals of Teaching: Humanities and Social Sciences

Mondays, October 3rd, 10th 17th, & 24th | 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM | Stuart Hall 101

This workshop series is open to anyone and is aimed at grad students in the humanities and social sciences undertaking their first teaching experiences (as TAs or instructors of record). Come learn about fundamental pedagogical ideas and discuss and practice key teaching strategies with other graduate students in the humanities and social sciences. Topics include constructivist teaching, creating an inclusive learning environment, and establishing class expectations and norms. Join a community of fellow pedagogues in the Chicago Center for Teaching and Learning and make progress toward the College Teaching Certificate.

Facilitators: 

Who Should Attend:

Graduate students and others interested in discussing and improving their humanities and social sciences teaching. Any level of teaching experience is welcome!

Click here to register for Humanities and Social Sciences Series

Fundamentals of Teaching: STEM

Wednesdays, October 5th, 12th, 19th, & 26th | 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM | GCIS W301

This workshop series is open to anyone and is aimed at grad students in STEM disciplines undertaking their first TA experiences (as TAs or instructors of record). Come learn about effective and inclusive teaching strategies, with a focus on the STEM context at UChicago. Discuss your teaching with a supportive community of grad students and Chicago Center for Teaching and Learning Fellows in the sciences, and make progress toward the College Teaching Certificate.

Facilitators: 

  • Philip Lo, CCTL Fellow and graduate student in Computational and Applied Math, lo@uchicago.edu
  • Caitlin Wong Hickernell, CCTL Fellow and graduate student in Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics, caitlinwong@uchicago.edu

Who Should Attend:

Graduate students and others interested in discussing and improving their STEM teaching. Any level of teaching experience is welcome!

Click here to register for the STEM Series

Completing these workshops fulfills part of the requirements for the Chicago Center for Teaching and Learning's College Teaching Certificate program

The CCTL is committed to making all of our programs and events inclusive and accessible. Contact cct@uchicago.edu for accommodation requests.