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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 2014

September 4 and 5, 2014

Thursday, September 4

9:30-10:00 a.m. Breakfast & Registration--Frist 3rd Floor
10:00-10:05 a.m. Welcome and Introduction--Frist 302
Director, The McGraw Center
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, September 5

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
TBA, Princeton Writing Program
1:30-3:00 p.m.  Grading Student Writing in the Sciences and Engineering--Frist 206
TBA, Princeton Writing Program

*Room assignments will be given on the 4th
*Advanced registration required