More about our workshops
Developing Your Teaching Philosophy & Creating an ePortfolio
Need to prepare for your job search in the fall? Get the ball rolling with GATE’s two-part workshop!
A Teaching Philosophy is a vital component of your academic application package. It essentially reflects your beliefs, values and practices in teaching. And where’s a better location to house your convincingly effective philosophy than in an impressive online portfolio? An ePortfolio is a one-stop-shop to showcase your teaching (and other scholarly work) online!
This 1.5 hour workshop will guide you through the process of articulating a strong Teaching Philosophy and creating a compelling ePortfolio with solid examples and feedback from professionals. This workshop will take place in a computer lab, but you may bring your own laptop if you prefer.
We strongly encourage you to bring your budding ideas or a rough draft of your Teaching Philosophy and ePortfolio!
Program outcomes -
After completing the Philosophy of Teaching portion of the workshop, you will be able to:
- identify ways to clearly articulate a Philosophy of Teaching
- build a basic framework for writing a Philosophy of Teaching
After completing the ePortfolio portion of the workshop, you will be provided with:
- Describe benefits of having an ePortfolio
- Describe a set of models and concepts for how to design ePortfolios
- Identify ways material is typically showcased in ePortfolios
- Develop a basic ePortfolio using an electronic platform (e.g. Web 2.0, Word Press)
Spring: Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 3:00 - 4:30 PM
Models of Teaching Excellence 1
As a graduate assistant or instructor, you may be looking for explicit teaching models—concrete examples of “how to teach” that can inspire and inform your pedagogy. This two-hour workshop offers precisely that: you will “attend” two short classes in different subjects, taught by exemplary educators, UC Professors Jason Heikenfeld (Engineering) and Matthew Peattie (Music History). Following “class,” each professor will discuss his teaching philosophy, allowing you to draw inspiration for new approaches and activities in your own teaching and disciplinary field. Good teaching methods are, in fact, transferrable. By witnessing excellent pedagogical strategies first-hand, as if you were the student, you will be in the ideal position to recognize their effectiveness.
After completing this workshop, you will be able to:
- Identify strengths and weaknesses in your own teaching through critical reflection
- Identify effective teaching methods based on the models provided
- Recognize the benefits of a learner-centered approach to instruction
TEACH ME TO TEACH: Pedagogical Preparation Seminar
It is common for graduate students to assume the role of teaching assistant or even independent instructor; however, they often do so with little or no formal training. In this day-long workshop, participants will be involved in hands-on activities designed to improve their teaching effectiveness and inform them about innovative pedagogical methods. The goal of this workshop is to provide current and soon-to-be teaching assistants and instructors with the skills and critical understanding necessary to enhance student learning.
- Pedagogy and Teaching Preparation
- Course Outcomes and Organization
- Setting the Tone in your Class
- Tips for Being a Successful TA
- Undergraduate Student Panel: Candid feedback
- Your First Faculty Position: What to expect
- Suggestions for reading
Fall: Wednesday, December 11th, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (sign-in begins at 8:30 a.m.)
Get Up and Go!
So you’ve been given your teaching assignment and maybe a syllabus. Now what?! Up your teaching game and get off to a good start: Join us for a half-day workshop that will provide you with practical tips that can be easily implemented the first day of class and onward. This workshop is designed to help graduate teaching assistants (TAs) save time, energy, and enhance the learning environment for your students!
- Setting the Tone: How to Begin (and How Not to Begin) Class
- Classroom Management
- Practical Techniques to Encourage Student Motivation & Participation
- Tips for Being a Successful TA
- Resources for TAs
Writing Across the Curriculum
Writing is an invaluable resource for assessing comprehension of course material and facilitating critical thinking in a learner-centered classroom. The Writing Across the Curriculum workshop is designed for instructors who want to enhance the learning experience of their students through writing. Specifically, this workshop gives instructors the tools they need to design, explain, and implement rhetorical writing exercises into discipline-specific contexts. The goal of this workshop is to provide current and soon-to-be teaching assistants and instructors with the skills and critical understanding necessary to enhance student learning.