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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

September 10-11, 2015

Note: The Engineering AI Orientation takes place at the Computer Science Building.  
          Please report to the CS Lobby on September 10th.

Thursday, September 10

9:30-10:00 a.m.

Breakfast & Registration --Frist 3rd Floor

10:00-10:10 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction --Frist 302

Jeff Himpele, Director, Teaching Initiatives and Programs, McGraw Center

Regan Crotty, Title IX Administrator, Office of the Vice Provost for Institutional Equity and Diversity


10:10 a.m.- Noon

Basics of Effective Teaching in Your Discipline*

Noon -12:45 p.m.

Lunch --Frist 2nd and 3rd Floors

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 Floors

2:45-4:00 p.m.

Follow-up, Review, and Preparation for Micro-teaching*

Friday, September 11

8:45-9:00 a.m.

Breakfast --Frist 3rd Floor

9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.



Special Optional Sessions**

1:30-3:00 p.m.

Grading Student Writing in the Humanities/Social Science
Frist 307
Princeton Writing Program Staff


1:30-3:00 p.m.

Grading Student Writing in the Sciences and Engineering
Frist 234
Princeton Writing Program Staff


1:30-3:00 p.m.

Creating an Inclusive Classroom: Ideas from Whistling Vivaldi
Frist 330

McGraw Center Staff



  * Room assignments will be given on the 10th

** Advanced registration required





AI Orientation To Teaching -- Spring 2016

 The Spring 2016 AI Orientation will be held January 28 and 29; the agenda will be posted here soon.