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.

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CWiC Critical Speaking Fellowships

Friday, March 31, 2017
http://www.sas.upenn.edu/cwic/graduate.html#Fellowship

CWiC offers advanced doctoral students in the School of Arts and Sciences the opportunity to teach their own courses through the Critical Speaking Seminars program. Critical Speaking courses are discipline-based courses in the liberal arts that consider some aspect of oral communication from the point of view of the discipline in which the course is taught.

More information about the fellowships, including how to apply, can be found here.

Events

Celebrate Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week: Donuts and Coffee Break!

Thursday, April 06, 2017, 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Common Room Front (1st Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

Join us to celebrate YOU during Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week! We'll provide delicious donuts (including vegan options!) and coffee--come out and take a break with Grad Center staff and fellow students. We look forward to celebrating with you!

Grad School Hacks!

Friday, April 07, 2017, 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Room 302 (3rd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk, Room 303 (3rd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk, Room 305 (3rd Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

Join us for a series of half hour workshops on topics on how to improve your life and work in graduate school! Sessions include:

  • Reference management software
  • Productivity apps
  • Budgeting on a stipend
  • Counseling and psychological services
  • Managing your committee
  • ...and more!

The sessions are led by staff at the University of Pennsylvania as well as fellow graduate students. Coffee and tea will be provided in between each session. Please join us for the happy hour that follows in the first floor common room of the Grad Center, at 4 pm.

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.

Teaching+Tech

Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Collaborative Classroom Van Pelt Library

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.

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/*/

 

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