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 -- Spring 2013
January 31-February 1, 2013
Thursday, January 31
|9:30-10:00 a.m.||Breakfast & Registration--Frist 3rd Floor|
|10:00-10:05 a.m.||Welcome and Introduction--Frist 302
Carol Porter, Director of 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
|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, February 1
|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
Walter Johnston, Princeton Writing Program
*Room assignments will be given on the 31st
*Advanced registration required