2020 Teaching Assistant Orientation

Welcome to the Teaching Assistant (TA) Orientation

The Center for the Advancement of Teaching is delighted to announce this year’s program.

Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

Location: Online via Zoom

 

What can you expect from our TA orientation?

This orientation will prepare you to be an excellent teaching assistant at Temple University. At the general sessions, you will learn who Temple students are as well as what resources are available to support them. Your teaching concerns will be addressed through group discussions for navigating challenging classroom situations. Topical breakout sessions will focus on various aspects of teaching, such as motivating and engaging students, facilitating discussions, grading effectively, and leading lab and supplemental sessions. All sessions will include how these teaching practices can be implemented in the online classroom.

Who should attend?

All new TAs (0-1 semester) are required to participate as this orientation is mandatory.

After our orientation, you have two OPTIONAL teaching with technology sessions available to help you use Zoom and Canvas more effectively in your teaching. We highly encourage you to take these sessions.

Here are the times:

How can I benefit from attending? You will have the opportunity to

  • Acquire practical guidance on the art and science of teaching and learning
  • Create community with your fellow TAs
  • Share your concerns and get practice handling real-world “what would I do if…?” scenarios you may encounter with your students
  • Learn about the different campus departments and other resources that are here to assist and support you and your students

2020 TA Orientation Schedule

Introductions and Welcome

Morning Session on Inclusive Teaching Practices and Instructional Resources

8:30am - 9:45am
Break-Outs Round I 10:00am - 10:50am

Break Out #1

Active Learning Strategies Breakout Session

Break Out #2

Engaging Discussions Breakout Session

Break Out #3

Labs and Supplemental Sessions

Break-Outs Round II 11:00am - 11:50am

Break Out #4

Effective Grading Breakout Session

Break Out #5

Feedback That’s Motivating Breakout Session

Break Out #6

First Day Activities

Lunch Break 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Break-Outs Round III 12:30pm - 1:20pm

Break Out #1

Active Learning Strategies Breakout Session

Break Out #2

Engaging Discussions Breakout Session

Break Out #3

Labs and Supplemental Sessions

Break-Outs Round IV 1:30pm - 2:20pm

Break Out #4

Effective Grading Breakout Session

Break Out #5

Feedback That’s Motivating Breakout Session

Break Out #6

First Day Activities

Brainstorming and Faculty Panel on Managing Challenging Situations in the Classroom 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Closing Remarks and CAT Resources 3:15pm - 3:30pm

How do I register?

Click on the button below and complete and submit the form. Prior to the event, you will receive an orientation guide with the Zoom link for each session. Be sure to save it so that you have it at the ready on the day of orientation.

 

Questions about the orientation?

Please contact Linda Hasunuma, Assistant Director, at linda.hasunuma@temple.edu. On behalf of Linda and the entire CAT team, we can’t wait to meet you and spend the day with you!

 

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