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.

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Autumn Quarter 2020 Offerings

Fundamentals of Teaching in the Humanities

Tuesdays, October 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM, Online

Facilitators:  Kevin Irakoze, PhD Student, CCT Fellow, Philosophy, kirakoze@uchicago.edu and Mendel Kranz, PhD Candidate, CCT Fellow, Divinity School, mkranz@uchicago.edu

In a series of four meetings, participants will work together to explore strategies for teaching in the humanities and support one another in our respective teaching roles. We will discuss how best to encourage student learning—especially remotely—through understanding knowledge acquisition, the creation of inclusive learning environments, aligning learning objectives, activities, and assessments. Participants will address the challenges of remote learning and think together about how best to tackle them. The sessions will be discussion-based and interactive and will focus on developing concrete skills and teaching approaches that participants can apply in their own courses. We will practice various strategies, share experiences, and help one another with difficulties that may arise. Each session will focus on a particular aspect of teaching and learning. The series is for any graduate student in the humanities seeking to develop their teaching skills and strategies together with supportive fellow graduate students. All levels of teaching experience are welcome.

Please note, these are live online workshops conducted over Zoom.  Please register with your UChicago email address at least 24 hours in advance.  Completing at least 3 of the 4 sessions fulfills part of the Chicago Center for Teaching’s College Teaching Certificate program. 

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Fundamentals of Teaching in the Social Sciences

Thursdays, October 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th,  3:30 PM - 5:00 PM                

Facilitators:   Paul Cato, PhD Candidate, CCT Fellow, Committee on Social Thought, pcato@uchicago.edu and Helen Lee, PhD Candidate, Senior CCT Fellow, Comparative Human Development, helenlee@uchicago.edu

This series provides guidance and support for prospective and current teaching assistants and teaching interns. Over the course of four 90-minute sessions, participants will develop a set of core teaching tools to help them facilitate a rigorous, engaging, and inclusive learning environment for all students. Discussions will cover key topics in teaching, such as understanding how students learn, activating students’ prior knowledge, crafting effective learning objectives, employing active learning strategies, and developing assessments, activities, and assignments that facilitate your students’ learning. These workshops are designed for those teaching in the social sciences and humanities, but are open to any graduate student interested in improving their teaching practice.

Please note, these are live online workshops conducted over Zoom.  Please register with your UChicago email address at least 24 hours in advance.  Completing at least 3 of the 4 sessions fulfills part of the Chicago Center for Teaching’s College Teaching Certificate program.

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Fundamentals of Teaching in STEM: The Science Teacher’s Toolkit

Thursdays, October 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th,  2:00 PM - 3:30 PM, Online

*Weeks 2 and 4 will have a 15-20 minute asynchronous lecture to watch before the workshop with a short activity (~5min) following it. We will only meet from 2-3pm on those weeks.

Facilitators:  Theresa Chmiel, PhD Candidate, CCT Fellow, PSD, chmielt@uchicago.edu and Whitney Fowler, PhD Candidate, Senior CCT Fellow, PME, wcfowler@uchicago.edu

These workshops will focus on applying research-supported pedagogical principles to address issues frequently encountered in STEM classrooms, with a special emphasis on remote learning.  Through peer-to-peer discussions, lectures, and facilitated activities, each workshop will arm participants with new pedagogical tools and skills to apply in an educational setting and to fuel professional development.  Topics include:  Understanding the science of how people learn and teaching accordingly; optimizing student learning by setting and teaching towards learning objectives; fostering an inclusive and actively engaging classroom setting;  implementing methods of inclusive assessment and instructive, helpful feedback.

This is for Graduate students and postdocs in the BSD, PME, or PSD, or for anyone who is teaching, expects to teach science in the future, or is intrigued about the evidence-based practices behind teaching and learning. Come and see what there is to learn about the science of teaching!

Please note, these are live online workshops conducted over Zoom.  Please register with your UChicago email address at least 24 hours in advance.  Completing at least 3 of the 4 sessions fulfills part of the Chicago Center for Teaching’s College Teaching Certificate program. 

 

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