Skip survey header

2020 Winter TA Training Workshop Registration

Select Your Workshops

CAT TA Training Program

Winter TA Training Workshops

The Center for the Advancement of Teaching TA Training Program is excited to announce our workshops for Winter 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 us at tatp@teaching.ucla.edu

Workshop Schedule

Week 1
Wednesday, 1/8 (2:30–4:00 PM): Creating Inclusive Classrooms*
Thursday, 1/9 (12:00–1:30 PM): How Students Learn*
Friday, 1/10 (10:30 a.m.–12:00 PM): The Nuts & Bolts of Lesson Planning*

Week 2
Monday, 1/13 (12:30–2:00 PM): Active Learning Strategies for STEM Discussion Sections*
Tuesday, 1/14 (4:30–6:00 PM): Interrupting Bias to Cultivate Inclusivity
Thursday, 1/16 (4:30–6:00 PM): Active Learning Strategies for Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Sections*
Friday, 1/17 (12:30–2:00 PM): Assessment & Grading: Measuring Student Achievement in the Classroom*

Week 3
Wednesday, 1/22 (2:30–4:00 PM): Time Management: Meeting Multiple Goals as a Graduate Student, TA, and Human
Thursday, 1/23
 (4:00–5:30 PM): Teaching Humanities & Social Sciences Writing
Friday, 1/24 (10:30 AM–12:00 PM): How Students Learn*

 
Week 4
Tuesday, 1/28 (4:30–6:00 PM): Assessment & Grading: Measuring Student Achievement in the Classroom*
Wednesday, 1/29 (10:30 AM–12:00 PM): Active Learning Strategies for STEM Discussion Sections*

Week 5
Midterms; no workshops this week

Week 6
Midterms; no workshops this week
 
Week 7
Tuesday, 2/18 (12:00–1:30 PM): Creating Inclusive Classrooms*
Thursday, 2/20 (4:00–5:30 PM): Assessment & Grading: Measuring Student Achievement in the Classroom*
Friday, 2/21 (10:00–11:30 AM): Giving Feedback: Assessing Student Writing 
 
Week 8
Monday, 2/24 (10:30 AM–12:00 PM): Time Management: Meeting Multiple Goals as a Graduate Student, TA, and Human
Wednesday, 2/26 (12:30–2:00 PM): The Nuts & Bolts of Lesson Planning*
Thursday, 2/27 (10:30 AM–12:00 PM): Interrupting Bias to Cultivate Inclusivity
 

*Our Foundations workshops are designed with the novice teacher in mind. Each provides an introduction into key concepts and strategies for developing an evidence-based teaching practice. All first-time teachers are encouraged to attend this series. 

Foundations: Active Learning Strategies for Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Discussion Sections
Discussion sections are often the most rewarding part of class. Yet, as moderators of these discussions, TAs are frequently concerned that they will be staring at blank faces for an hour. This workshop will go over the principles of active learning and how to implement active learning strategies in your classrooms. You will take home strategies for designing good discussion questions, promoting active reading, and eliciting participation from reluctant students.
Foundations: Active Learning Strategies for STEM Discussion Sections
As facilitators of discussion sections, STEM TAs are frequently concerned that they will spend sections solving problems at the board for passive students. This workshop will go over the principles of active learning and how to implement active learning strategies in STEM classrooms. You will learn strategies for asking effective questions, engaging students in problem solving, encouraging deductive reasoning, and eliciting participation from reluctant students.
Foundations: Assessment & Grading: Measuring Student Achievement in the Classroom
How is assessment different from grading? Do you know when students have learned 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, you 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 identify appropriate ways to evaluate student growth, develop a system for measuring your effectiveness in the classroom, and learn ways to more fairly grade your students. 
Foundations: Creating Inclusive Classrooms
In this workshop, you will learn strategies to proactively set norms supportive of an inclusive classroom. Through self-reflection, you will develop an understanding of your own identities and how these identities appear in the classroom. You will practice using active listening techniques to troubleshoot difficult moments in and outside of the classroom. This workshop focuses on proactive strategies rather than on confronting bias. You will practice inclusive strategies to apply in your own classrooms.  
Foundations: The Nuts & Bolts of Lesson Planning
This workshop will serve as a model for effective lesson planning, focusing on formulating measurable learning objectives and aligning teaching strategies to them. With guidance, you will break down the process of creating effective lesson plans into manageable steps and tailor these steps to the needs of your discipline. You will practice creating a sample lesson plan and receive constructive feedback on it from your peers.
Giving Feedback: Assessing Student Writing
Students are often asked to communicate what they have learned in writing, but strengths and weaknesses in their writing can boost or hinder their ability to communicate what they know. During this workshop, you will learn how to identify which writing issues to address and ignore; how to preempt plagiarism and grade complaints; how to empower your students to effectively edit their own work; and how to better manage their writing time.  
Interrupting Bias to Cultivate Inclusivity
This workshop builds on concepts and strategies learned in Creating Inclusive Classrooms to help you develop knowledge and skills for interrupting bias and managing hot moments in the classroom. In this workshop, you will engage in and practice vulnerability, active listening, recognizing intent versus impact, and strategies for confronting bias. You will walk away with a deeper understanding of the impact of bias from the perspectives of both students and instructors, 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.
 
Time Management: Meeting Multiple Goals as a Graduate Student, TA, and Human
Being a TA can be challenging. You juggle research, teaching schedules, important meetings, and your personal life. There is no universal roadmap for how to keep all of these priorities balanced and sequenced properly, but this workshop will help you organize your quarterly schedule and prioritize tasks according to importance and urgency. You will learn strategies to achieve balance and identify online and campus resources to support your time-management goals.