Putting the Research on Learning into Practice
Dr. Terry DoyleFerris State University
Almost daily neuroscience, biology, and cognitive science researchers reveal new insights about how the human brain works and learns. This research has the potential to elevate the learning success of all students — regardless of their learning situations. This presentation will discuss seven findings about how the brain learns and how to integrate these findings into your daily teaching practices.
Grading Essays and Lab Reports
Shannon Bartelt-Hunt, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Civil Engineering
This session presents important considerations for assessing student work, including: grading consistently, communicating your grading criteria to students, giving constructive feedback, and managing your time when grading large amounts of student work. Because grading practices vary widely, we will also discuss strategies for learning more about grading in your specific TA assignment.
Student Learning and Engagement in Large Lecture Classes
Joe Dauer, Ph.D.Life Sciences Education Researcher, School of Natural Resources
Whether you're teaching 40 or 250 students, you can engage students through in-class activities and assignments. In this session, learn how group work effectively shrinks the classroom and promotes student learning. You'll also develop a game plan for the workload associated with grading written work, exams, and assignments.
The First Day of Class
Elizabeth Weber Edwards, Ph.D.Associate Director of Graduate Student Development, Office of Graduate Studies
The first day of class is your opportunity to create a strong and positive impression on your students. It's a time for you and your students to share expectations, establish classroom norms, and create excitement for the subject and the class. In this session, you'll learn specific strategies for making the most of new beginnings.
Three Teaching Practices that Optimize Student Learning Opportunities
Terry Doyle, Ph.D.Ferris State University
Based on the current research on learning and memory, this Skill Building session will focus on the three key teaching practices that promote long-term student learning: using a multistory approach to teaching, teaching the patterns of the content material, and teaching the memory processes and recall methods that optimize long term recall. Learn how to put the current research on learning and memory to work so that your students can apply what they've learned long after the semester ends.
Using Technology to Promote Student Learning
Guy Trainin, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Teaching, Learning & Teacher Education
This session will focus on how the use of technology (from simple to more advanced technologies) combined with effective teaching strategies can positively impact student learning.
Working with Your TA Supervisor
Nathan Wakefield, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Mathematics
One of your best resources as a new TA is your TA supervisor. Learn strategies for consulting effectively with your supervisor to help you plan to teach, work with students, troubleshoot classroom problems as they arise, and help students get the most from your course.
Disciplinary Breakout Sessions
Join new and experienced TAs in your discipline and learn about effective teaching methods relevant to the teaching you'll be doing as a TA — for example, holding office hours, grading papers, running a lab, or teaching a recitation.
Each session will focus on applying what you've learned about the principles of learning and effective teaching within the context of your discipline. Sessions will be facilitated by experienced faculty and award-winning teaching assistants.
Metaphors, Messages, and Morals to the Story
Laurie Bellows and Elizabeth Weber EdwardsAssociate Dean, Graduate Studies; Associate Director of Graduate Student Development
What did you learn as a participant in this year’s Campuswide Workshops for Graduate Teaching Assistants? What are your takeaways? This session will focus on the key themes discussed throughout the day, within the context of “metaphors, memorable messages, and morals to the story.”