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AI Orientation

At the beginning of each semester, the McGraw Center runs an orientation to teaching at Princeton that is required by the Graduate School for all newly appointed graduate AIs. The Orientation is a day and a half of workshops and discussions among groups of graduate students from related disciplines. The orientation sessions are led by McGraw graduate student fellows who have experience teaching at Princeton and who have been trained by McGraw Staff. Additional optional sessions are also offered at the end of the second day.

Orientation provides information about getting started on the first day, leading your class, grading and techniques for effective teaching in disciplinary courses. Orientations usually have an interactive format and end with a session in "micro-teaching" in which participants try out their teaching style in their group and share feedback.

If you are newly appointed as an Assistant in Instruction for the upcoming semester, plan to attend the AI Orientation.  This program provides information useful to new teaching assistants in all disciplines and focuses on developing effective teaching activities.


AI Orientation to Teaching -- Fall 2015

The fall 2015 AI Orientation will be held September 10 and 11; the agenda will be posted here soon.


AI Orientation To Teaching -- Spring 2015

January 29-30, 2015

Thursday, January 29

9:30-10:00 a.m. Breakfast & Registration--Frist 3rd Floor
10:00-10:05 a.m. Welcome and Introduction--Frist 302
Jeff Himpele, Director of Teaching Initiatives and Programs
10:05 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Basics of Effective Teaching in Your Discipline*
12:00-12:45 p.m. Lunch--Frist 2nd and 3rd Fls.
12:45-2:30 p.m. What Do I Do If...? Teaching Challenges and How to Meet Them in
Your Discipline
2:30-2:45 p.m. Break--Frist 2nd and 3rd Fls
2:45-4:00 p.m. Follow-up, Review, and Preparation for Micro-teaching

Friday, January 30

8:45-9:00 a.m. Breakfast--Frist 3rd Fl.
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Micro-teaching
Special Optional Session*
1:30-3:00 p.m. Grading Student Writing in the Humanities/Social Science--Frist 205
TBD, Princeton Writing Program
1:30-3:00 p.m.  Grading Student Writing in the Sciences and Engineering--Frist 206
TBD, Princeton Writing Program

*Room assignments will be given on the 29th
*Advanced registration required