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Fall 2014 – Pedagogy Workshops for Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Fellows


The Scholar as Teacher

In this series, faculty members distinguished for their teaching offer reflections on their practice as teachers. All programs meet over lunch from 330 Frist.
Tuesday, October 14: Alberto Bruzos Moro, “Virtual Exchange and Telecollaboration”
Tuesday, November 4: Megwen Loveless, “Teaching with Games”
Tuesday, November 11: Sigrid Adriaenssens, “Flipping the Classroom” 


Making the Most of the Teaching Transcript Program at McGraw

The Teaching Transcript Program guides you in enhancing your teaching skills and provides documentation of your formal pedagogical training for the academic job search. In this lunchtime meeting, participants plan strategies for effectively reflecting on their teaching throughout the semester. We discuss components of our program such as the class observation as well as how to draw on that and our workshops to prepare an effective statement of teaching philosophy and syllabus, which are the written work for the Transcript. Lunch is provided.
Wednesday, September 17, 12:15-1:20 p.m.


Preparing to Write a Meaningful Statement of Teaching Philosophy

Teaching statements have become important in academic job searches as more and more colleges and universities are requesting them from applicants for faculty positions. This workshop will introduce participants to the concept of the teaching statement and present recent research on how search committees interpret them. We will also discuss how writing a statement can serve as a valuable means of enhancing one’s own teaching strategies. This workshop will provide a context for participants to start writing their own statements by drafting key elements of them that draw on their teaching experiences and their goals for their students.
Tuesday, September 23, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 8, 3:30-5:00 p.m.


Troubleshooting Your Precept – Leading Discussions, Solving Problems

Tired of doing homework problems on the board? Can't get your students to talk on topic? Come share your experiences with fellow preceptors and a panel of experienced Graduate Teaching Fellows from the McGraw Center. We will discuss strategies that you can use in your classroom to address your specific concerns. These workshops are directed at both new graduate Assistants in Instruction and experienced AIs who want to invigorate their classrooms with new teaching strategies. Lunch is provided.

Humanities and Social Science Precepts
Wednesday, September 24, 12:15-1:20 p.m

Science and Engineering Precepts
Thursday, October 2, 12:15-1:20 p.m.


Having a Life While Teaching: Efficient Teaching Strategies for Finding Balance Across Your Career

Have you put everything else in life on hold this semester while you’re teaching? Are you now completely stressed out because you haven’t been writing for the last few weeks (or months)? While it can be tempting to foreground the immediate work of teaching in place of everything else, that strategy is not sustainable in the short or long term of an academic career. So how do people effectively balance their academic goals and teaching responsibilities? What methods could you adopt to make your teaching more efficient but no less effective? In this workshop we’ll discuss approaches to teaching that maintain high standards for student learning while also allowing you to take retake control of your time.
Wednesday October 1, 3:30-5:00 p.m.


Grading as a Teaching Tool

This workshop addresses important concerns and challenges of grading for AIs, such as standards, fairness, written feedback, and grading student participation. Participants in the workshop will define the criteria for their students’ work and begin to formulate rubrics that can usefully address these concerns as well as meaningfully assess and advance their students’ learning. We consider how we might shift our students’ focus on getting good grades to reflecting on their own learning.
Wednesday, October 15, 3:30-5:00 p.m. 


Mentoring Undergraduate Researchers

I In this workshop you’ll learn techniques--based on American Physics Society guidelines--for clarifying mentor and mentee roles and responsibilities and establishing clear expectations. These practical approaches can prevent frustration, over-dependence, and a lack of productivity which can make working with a mentee unsatisfying. Take away a useful framework for working with your particular mentee over the coming year.
Wednesday, October 22, 3:30-5:00 p.m. 


Designing a Course

Are you preparing a new syllabus for a new teaching position or job search? This workshop examines course design and syllabus preparation from the perspective of student learning, using a variety of models from across the disciplines. Workshop activities guide you in defining your goals for your students and then using them to shape all aspects of a well-integrated course, from your class format to student assignments, exams, and the syllabus.
Thursday, November 13, 3:30-5:00 p.m. 


Teaching in the American Classroom

Is your classroom at Princeton the first American classroom you’ve spent time in? Have you noticed that Princeton undergraduates sometimes have different expectations than you do about teaching and learning? Come share your experiences and hear from a panel of experienced Graduate Teaching Fellows who were educated outside the US prior to coming to Princeton. We will discuss strategies that you can use in your classroom to make your teaching more effective and make you and your students more comfortable. This is directed both at new and experienced AIs who are ready to reflect and build on their work. Lunch is provided.
Wednesday, November 19, 3:30-5:00 p.m.


Teaching Statement Clinic

This clinic led by McGraw Center Fellows is for people currently in the process of drafting their statements of teaching philosophy, either for a job search or for completion of the McGraw Center’s Teaching Transcript program. During this clinic, participants will receive general guidance on improving their statements as well as feedback on their own current drafts from the clinic leaders and peers. Participants must bring a working draft. This clinic does not count toward the Teaching Transcript. 
Date: TBA


Talking About Teaching in an Academic Interview

While graduate students and post-doctoral fellows receive ample opportunity to present their doctoral research in forums such as departmental colloquia or national conferences, they rarely talk about teaching and pedagogy in such public settings. As a result, they may lack the preparation for speaking about their teaching in compelling terms when it may count the most: the job interview. This workshop gives participants the chance to begin--or refine--that preparation as they anticipate a campus visit. Co-sponsored with the Office of Career Services.
Thursday, December 4, 3:30-5:00 p.m. 


Preparing Your Teaching Demonstration for a Campus Interview

A campus visit invitation from a search committee is terrific news, but it often comes with the challenging request for a “teaching demo.” In this workshop, we’ll talk about what questions you should ask and how you can use the answers from a particular hiring institution to craft an effective demonstration of your teaching prowess. During the workshop you’ll begin the process of planning an engaging lesson to highlight the strengths of your teaching for hiring committees and beyond. Co-sponsored with the Office of Career Services.
Wednesday, December 10, 3:30-5:00 p.m.