Penn Graduate Student Center

Navigating the Classroom

About Navigating the Classroom

Navigating the Classroom seeks to help graduate teaching assistants be successful in the classroom through workshops and resources. This program is cosponsored by Penn Graduate Student Center and GAPSA.

The Center for Teaching and Learning and the Library offer extensive programming to assist graduate student teachers in the classroom.

Events

Towards a Social Justice Pedagogy

Thursday, February 25, 2016, 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Conference Room (2nd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

What concepts do educators need to teach for and about social justice across a curriculum? What are the ways in which we can complement students grappling with complex social problems without the burdens of traditional academic expectations? Facilitator and PhD candidate in Education Michael Kokozos proposes a theoretical model of social justice pedagogy that draws from feminist, queer, and anti-oppressive pedagogy. The principle aim is to apply thinking that moves a classroom towards action in the real world, away from impugning the self and towards the questioning and challenging of institutional systems. This workshop also seeks to examine the implications of such an approach, challenging participants to consider benefits and limitations, brainstorming the mobilization of social justice pedagogy in practical and enduring ways.

Michael is a Ph.D. candidate in Education, Culture, & Society at UPenn’s Graduate School of Education. He holds a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology and an M.P.A. in Policy & Management from New York University. He is passionate about social and global justice and is developing a critical inclusion framework applying it to current and emerging LGBTQ curricula in primary and secondary school contexts.

Other University Events

Teaching with Digital Tools
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TEACHING WITH DIGITAL TOOLS
Monday from 3-5 starting March 21 through April 11

This mini course will introduce graduate students to a range of tools that they might use for teaching and provide a test kitchen where they can try tools, design assignments and lessons, and get and give feedback on their teaching ideas. The seminar is geared both toward students who are novices in digital environments and students with a good bit of experience in the hopes that instructors with a range of different experiences can help each other develop effective ideas for incorporating digital tools into their classes. By the end of the four-week session, students will have some familiarity with a range of digital tools and have designed a complete assignment that they might use in a class.

For more information or to enroll contact Cathy Turner caturner@sas.upenn.edu

Teaching Workshops

Center for Teaching and Learning and the Graduate Student Center co-sponsor a series of workshops for graduate students, especially TAs, who are interested in learning and improving their teaching skills.

Course Development Seminar - Center for Teaching and Learning
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In this workshop, we will explore intersections of stress, mental illness, and learning in the  university classroom.
We will discuss how stress impacts learning, differences and  overlaps between healthy, normal stress,
distress, and mental illness, and possible signs that indicate that a student is struggling in your classroom.
Workshop attendees will leave with ideas and strategies for how to help students who are navigating
through intense periods of stress, how to connect students to resources on campus, like Counseling
and Psychological Services, and how to promote a culture of wellness in your classroom.
Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Teaching With Visuals

Thursday, February 25, 2016, 04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
Conference Room (2nd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

What are “visuals”? Are they images or artwork, like prints, paintings, or photographs? What about representations of data or information, such as charts, graphs, or diagrams? What about writing? Can text be a “visual”? In this workshop, we will consider a range of icons and objects we might call “visuals” and how we use them in the classroom. We will discuss how we can prepare students to work with visuals and, subsequently, how we can assess them. Finally, we will clarify which skills and vocabularies we, as instructors, are trying to teach when we ask students to examine (or “read”) images. As this workshop employs an expansive definition of “visual,” we encourage graduate students from any and all disciplines to attend. Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Creating an Inclusive Classroom

Wednesday, March 02, 2016, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Conference Room (2nd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

Scaffolding Research Projects

Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Conference Room (2nd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

Training Students in Critical Reading

Thursday, March 17, 2016, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Conference Room (2nd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

Taking Students Outside the Classroom: Museums, Tours & Other Opportunities

Monday, March 21, 2016, 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
Conference Room (2nd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

Teaching About 'the Other'

Thursday, March 24, 2016, 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Conference Room (2nd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk
Registration start: Monday, February 22, 2016

Creating Effective Multiple Choice Exams

Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
Conference Room (2nd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk
Registration start: Tuesday, March 01, 2016

In many classes multiple choice exams can be efficient way to evaluate student learning. At the same time, however, it can be difficult and time-consuming to create effective multiple choice questions. This workshop offers various examples and strategies for writing effective multiple choice exams, considering such issues as: how to state a definite question/problem; how to write effective distractors; and how to assess higher level thinking via multiple choice questions.

Designing Creative Assignments in STEM Classes

Thursday, April 07, 2016, 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Conference Room (2nd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk
Registration start: Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Common Room Hours:

Monday-Thursday: 9AM-8PM
Friday: 9AM-6PM
Saturday-Sunday: 12PM-6PM

Graduate Student Center

3615 Locust Walk
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia PA 19104-6221
215-746-6868
center@gsc.upenn.edu