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2019 Fall TA Training Workshop Registration

Fall TA Training Workshop Information

CAT TA Training Program

Fall TA Training Workshops

The Center for the Advancement of Teaching TA Training Program is excited to announce new TA workshops for Fall Quarter. Whether you are currently TAing or would like to TA in the future, please join us to learn new strategies and skills for the classroom in our small-group, hands-on workshops. Check back throughout the quarter for more additions. We look forward to working with you! 

Please read the workshop descriptions below and select all those you plan to attend to reserve your spot today! 

Questions? Contact Jennifer MacGregor at tatp@teaching.ucla.edu

Workshop Schedule

Week 3
Monday, 10/14 (10:00-11:30 AM): Creating Inclusive Classrooms
Thursday, 10/17 (2:00-3:30 PM): Assessment & Grading: Measuring Student Achievement in the Classroom
Friday, 10/18 (10:30 AM-12:00 PM): The Nuts & Bolts of Lesson Planning

Week 4
Monday, 10/21 (4:30-6:00 PM): How Students Learn
Tuesday, 10/22 (12:00-1:30 PM): The Nuts & Bolts of Lesson Planning
Wednesday, 10/23 (2:30-4:00 PM): Creating Inclusive Classrooms
Thursday, 10/24 (2:00-3:30 PM): Active Learning Strategies for STEM Discussion Sections
Friday, 10/25 (10:30 AM-12:00 PM): Assessment & Grading: Measuring Student Achievement in the Classroom

Week 5
Midterms—no workshops this weekLook for an announcement about our midterm-grading pizza party!

Week 6
Monday, 11/4 (12:00-1:30 PM): Cheating, Grade Complaints, and Disruptive Behavior: Prevention & Management
Tuesday, 11/5 (12:30-2:00 PM): The Nuts & Bolts of Lesson Planning
Wednesday, 11/6 (4:00-5:30 PM): Interrupting Bias to Cultivate Inclusivity

Week 7
Tuesday, 11/12 (2:00-3:30 PM): Assessment & Grading: Measuring Student Achievement in the Classroom
Wednesday, 11/13 (10:30 AM-12:00 PM): Active Learning Strategies for STEM Discussion Sections

Week 8
Monday, 11/18 (10:30 AM-12:00 PM): How Students Learn
Tuesday, 11/19 (10:30 AM-12:00 PM): Time Management: Meeting Multiple Goals as a Graduate Student, TA, and Human
Wednesday, 11/20 (2:00-3:30 PM): Creating Inclusive Classrooms
Thursday, 11/21 (12:00-1:30 PM) SPECIAL SESSION FOR MATH TAs: Creating Inclusive Classrooms

 
Active Learning Strategies for STEM Discussion Sections
Discussion sections are often the most rewarding part of a class. Yet, as moderators of these discussions, TAs are often terrified that they will be staring at blank faces for an hour. Participants will take home strategies for eliciting participation from reluctant students, developing procedures for stimulating thoughtful discussion, and keeping discussions going beyond the classroom.
Assessment & Grading: Measuring Student Achievement in the Classroom
How is assessment different from grading? Do you know when students have successfully obtained the knowledge and skills required to introduce new material? Is it possible to gauge your own effectiveness as an instructor prior to formal evaluations? In this workshop, we will discuss the difference between assessment and grading, the importance of incorporating assessment into your approach to instruction, and various assessment techniques to gauge student learning. You will learn to differentiate between formative and summative assessments, identify appropriate ways to evaluate student growth, and develop a system for gauging your own effectiveness in the classroom. Additionally, we will identify and create solutions to potential problems that can arise when grade norming with other instructors.
Cheating, Grade Complaints, and Disruptive Behavior: Prevention & Management
In this workshop, participants will discuss strategies for creating respectful class communities that will minimize instances of academic misconduct, grade complaints, and disruptive behavior. We’ll address setting clear expectations, fostering students’ sense of personal responsibility, creating a course culture that facilitates active learning and participation, and dealing with disciplinary issues. We'll practice a variety of classroom management scenarios as a group, and discuss individual concerns.
Creating Inclusive Classrooms
This workshop will cover strategies to proactively set norms supportive of an inclusive classroom. Participants will self-reflect and develop an understanding of their own identities and how they appear in the classroom, and learn to use active listening techniques to troubleshoot difficult moments in and outside of the classroom. This workshop focuses on proactive strategies, rather than on confronting bias. Participants will practice inclusive strategies to apply in their own classrooms. 
How Students Learn
This workshop gives an overview of how students learn and provides teaching techniques to help your students achieve their goals. Examine why material you’ve learned has stuck with you and the best ways to help your students hold onto the content you teach. We will discuss the merits of student-centered instruction and when to use it in your classrooms. Our focus will be on practical application. 
Interrupting Bias to Cultivate Inclusivity
This workshop builds on concepts and strategies learned in Creating Inclusive Classrooms to help instructors develop knowledge and skills for interrupting bias and managing hot moments in the classroom. Participants will engage in and practice key concepts including: vulnerability, active listening, recognizing intent versus impact, and strategies for confronting bias. Participants will walk away with a deeper understanding of the impact of bias from both a student’s and an instructor’s perspective, as well as concrete tools for troubleshooting friction in the classroom. 

Please note: It is strongly recommended that you take our Creating Inclusive Classrooms workshop first.