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.

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.


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.

Common Room Hours:

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

Starting May 16

Monday-Friday: 10AM-5PM
May 27: 10AM-3PM
May 31-June 30: 12PM-5PM

Graduate Student Center

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