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.

Library Workshops

Penn Libraries is holding a series of Blackboard workshops for graduate students, especially TAs, who may be interested in learning more about using the courseware system to work with courses and students. The workshops are presented by John Kiser and Amanda Chudnow.

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Join Penn libraries for a three-part series (participants can attend just one or all three) on blended learning.  These workshops focus on strategies to purposefully balance online and face-to-face instruction by applying the principles of backward design and the blended learning models. Using overarching course goals as a starting point, participants will begin defining the application of blended learning principles to their unique context. (Graduate students are encouraged to attend but these workshops do not count toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.)

 

 

 

Workshop 1: Teaching with Technology More Purposefully

 

March 1, 2017 from 2-3:30 Collaborative Classroom Van Pelt Library

 

(to learn more and register:  http://libcal.library.upenn.edu/event/3050626

 

 

 

Workshop 2:  Mixing It Up with Tech: Turning a Course Activity into a Blended Learning Experience

 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 2:00-3:30 Collaborative Classroom Van Pelt Library

 

(to learn more and register http://libcal.library.upenn.edu/event/3050627

 

 

 

Workshop 3:  Leveraging Classroom Spaces for Active, Collaborative Learning

 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 2:00-3:30 Collaborative Classroom Van Pelt Library

(to learn more and register http://libcal.library.upenn.edu/event/3050628

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.

HOW DO YOU TEACH WHEN ISSUES IN THE WORLD ARE BECOMING PART OF YOUR CLASS?

Monday, February 27, 2017, 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
CTL/OLI Seminar Room, 134 Van Pelt Library

SaraEllen Strongman, CTL Graduate Fellow, Africana Studies

 

This workshop is part of the Inclusive Teaching series. What happens when events outside of the classroom affect the environment in the classroom? This workshop will discuss strategies to address local and global events, including tragedies, with your class. Participants will come away with concrete tools to support students through difficult times while continuing to meet pedagogical goals.
Counts towards the CTL Teaching Certificate.

http://www.upenn.edu/ctl/events/list/graduate_student_workshops/all/*/

THE GREAT LAPTOP DEBATE

Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
CTL/OLI Conference Room (133 Van Pelt Library)

In recent years, an intense debate about the role of laptops in the classroom has emerged. Are laptops a distraction to students who use them and students around them? Should they be banned from classrooms? Should instructors care what their students do with their laptops while in class? We will discuss multiple sides to these issues, and in so doing identify some contexts where laptop use might best be restricted, and other contexts where the integration of online tools into classrooms can increase student learning. We will review some programs that might be especially useful for students to use on laptops while in classrooms of all kinds, from STEM to the social sciences and humanities
Counts towards the CTL Teaching Certificate.

 http://www.upenn.edu/ctl/events/list/graduate_student_workshops/all/*/

 

HELPING STUDENTS SEE THEMSELVES AS BELONGING IN YOUR FIELD

Monday, March 13, 2017, 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
CTL/OLI Seminar Room, 134 Van Pelt Library

Trishala Parthasarathi, CTL Graduate Fellow, Neuroscience

 

This workshop is part of the Inclusive Teaching series. A “sense of belonging” can be crucial in determining whether students decide to pursue a career in their field of interest. However, some students may face more struggles than others in certain environments. This workshop will discuss how to cultivate a sense of belonging among students of all academic and social backgrounds. Stereotype threat may be one of the challenges that can affect performance in the classroom, and we will briefly discuss strategies on how to mitigate it. In addition, we will talk about ways to facilitate conversation in the classroom that invite all perspectives to make students feel like they have the ability to be successful.

Counts towards the CTL Teaching Certificate.

http://www.upenn.edu/ctl/events/list/graduate_student_workshops/all/*/

INTEGRATING OUTREACH & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT WIHT THE CLASSROOM

Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
CTL/OLI Seminar Room, 134 Van Pelt Library

Stan Najmr, CTL Graduate Fellow, Chemistry

 

 

Summary: Engaging with the community has great benefits for undergraduate students, for instructors and for community members. In this workshop, we will discuss strategies for how university instructors and graduate students can implement outreach into their own course’s design. Doing so creates opportunities for the students to gain real world experience, which can help reinforce a breadth of learning objectives. For example, political science students may exercise their civic responsibility, while engineering students can gain a broader perspective on the impact of their research. This workshop will also review the logistical considerations that should be made in order to realize the full potential of community partnerships. Counts towards the CTL Teaching Certificate.

http://www.upenn.edu/ctl/events/list/graduate_student_workshops/all/*/

PROVIDING FEEDBACK TO PROMOTE STUDENT SUCCESS AND GROWTH

Monday, March 20, 2017, 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
CTL/OLI Seminar Room, 134 Van Pelt Library

Helen Teng, CTL Graduate Fellow, Nursing

This workshop is part of the Inclusive Teaching series. Feedback is an essential aspect of teaching and learning. In this workshop, we aim to discuss strategies to provide effective feedback that enhances student learning and performance. In addition, we will discuss ways to use feedback to promote inclusivity in the classroom. 
Counts towards the CTL Teaching Certificate.

http://www.upenn.edu/ctl/events/list/graduate_student_workshops/all/*/

 

TEACHING STUDENTS TO THINK IN YOUR DISCIPLINE

Thursday, March 23, 2017, 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
CTL/OLI Seminar Room, 134 Van Pelt Library

Joseph Hoisington, CTL Graduate Fellow, Mathematics

 

What are the essential questions that students, teachers and researchers in your field are (or should be) interested in? How can they answer them? What counts as evidence? What counts as proof? What are the goals of your field? How can students understand them? How can they contribute to them? 
In this workshop, we will talk about how, in our teaching, we can help our students understand the questions, goals and methodologies of our fields. 
Counts towards the CTL Teaching Certificate.

http://www.upenn.edu/ctl/events/list/graduate_student_workshops/all/*/

CREATING AN INCLUSIVE TEACHING ATMOSPHERE ON THE FIRST DAY OF CLASSES

Monday, March 27, 2017, 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
CTL/OLI Seminar Room, 134 Van Pelt Library

Theo Lim, CTL Graduate Fellow, City & Regional Planning

 

 

 This workshop is part of the Inclusive Teaching series. During this workshop, we will discuss strategies for setting an atmosphere of inclusiveness on the first day of class for the rest of the semester. We will address the meaning of inclusive teaching, our goals for inclusiveness with respect to the classes we teach, and develop actions we can take to engage all students from day one.
Counts towards the CTL Teaching Certificate.

 

http://www.upenn.edu/ctl/events/list/graduate_student_workshops/all/*/

 

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