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.


Talking about your Research for a Variety of Audiences

Monday, November 07, 2016, 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Room 305 (3rd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

At conferences and colloquia, but also in job interviews, public forums, classrooms and in the elevator, we are often asked to talk about our research in a concise, accessible, and interesting way. 

Join us at the Graduate Student Center Monday November 7th in room 305 for a session with Bruce Lenthall, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning to discuss how to present your research in different contexts and for different audiences, particularly audiences unfamiliar with your field.

Lunch will be provided! 

*Also consider signing up for the Three-Minute Thesis Competition on November 15th to test out your skills and win a Bose speaker!*


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Three-Minute Thesis Competition

Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Room 305 (3rd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

Join us at the Graduate Student Center to compete in our first Three-Minute Thesis competition! 

In only 180 seconds explain WHY you're doing it, HOW you're doing it, and HOW it relates to the real world. 

Prizes include Starbucks & Amazon gift cards, GSC swag, and a Bose speaker! 

Also consider registering for the workshop "Talking about your Research for a Variety of Audiences," which will provide some helpful tips for the competition. 

Email for more information.


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The PhD Movie 2! Screening

Friday, November 18, 2016, 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
Common Room Front (1st Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk, Graduate Student Center, Front Common Room

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Join your fellow graduate students for a free screening of The PhD Movie 2: Still in Grad School. Light refreshments will be provided. Be sure to register in advance as there is limited seating. 

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.

Fostering Student Participation - Center for Teaching & Learning

Monday, October 24, 2016, 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Room 305 (3rd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

This workshop will focus on developing strategies to promote student participation in the larger context of our pedagogical goals. What kind of questions and exercises might we engage our students in? What other modes of participation, in addition to sharing individual ideas in class, might we encourage and help them to cultivate? We will spend some time reflecting on how moments of silence in class could be harnessed towards productive learning and how we, as instructors, can try to create an environment amenable to different participatory practices.

Identities in the Classroom: Yours and Your Students' - Center for Teaching & Learning

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

Each one of us brings our own individual lens to the classroom and our individual narratives contribute to the make-up of the classroom. This workshop aims to address how individual identities play a part in the classroom dynamic. We will explore our own identities and discuss strategies to tap into students’ identities and ways in which this knowledge may facilitate classroom interactions.

Teaching Students to Identify & Construct Arguments - Center for Teaching & Learning

Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Room 305 (3rd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

The ability to identify and construct strong arguments are two skills that are at the core of critical thinking. Learning to read for authors’ arguments, and to conceive and enact arguments of their own, are useful tools that will accompany and serve students long after graduation, whether they decide to pursue an academic career or follow a different path. This workshop will offer a few ways to engage with the students and allow them to discover and develop these skills by trial and error, and sheer practice.

Common Room Hours

Monday-Thursday: 9AM-8PM Friday: 9AM-6PM Weekends: 12 NOON-6PM

Graduate Student Center

3615 Locust Walk
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia PA 19104-6221