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Teaching Workshops

These workshops focus on practical, concrete strategies for common teaching tasks, challenges, and opportunities.  These sessions draw on research-based best practices from the literature on teaching and learning and help participants consider ways to apply those best practices in their teaching. Teaching Workshops are typically a mix of presentation, large group discussion, small group activities, and times for individual reflection.
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Fostering Student Success in STEM Courses:
A Workshop for TAs

Vanderbilt continues to attract talented undergraduates, unfortunately some of these high-performing students struggle in their STEM courses. TAs are especially well positioned to help these students succeed. This workshop is designed to equip STEM TAs with skills and strategies they can use to teach effectively and support all students. Please note, this session is open to TAs of any experience level.


Facilitators: Heather Fedesco, CFT Asst Director, Greg Smith, CFT Graduate Teaching Fellow, Cait Kirby, CFT Graduate Teaching Affiliate, Tiffany Green, Inclusive Excellence Asst Provost, Melissa Thomas-Hunt, Inclusive Excellence Vice Provost

This workshop is open to STEM Graduate Teaching Assistants.


Choose one: (R
egistration will be capped at 60 attendees per day.)
Thursday, January 3, 2019 REGISTER
Thursday, January 17, 2019 REGISTER
Time: 11:15-2:30 pm, Lunch will be served at 11:15 and the workshop will begin at 11:30 am
Location: Community Room, Central Library

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Crafting an Effective Teaching Statement: Creating Your Draft
Graduate Student/Postdoc Workshop

In this workshop, we will address best practices for writing a teaching statement/philosophy for the academic job market. This workshop is open to Vanderbilt graduate students & Postdocs from across the disciplines who want to improve their teaching portfolio materials. All teaching experience levels are welcome. This workshop is especially helpful for those who do not have a draft of their teaching philosophy statement prepared.

 

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Date: Wednesday, January 16
Time: 2:30pm-4:00pm
Location: CFT Classroom
Facilitator: Gregory Smith, CFT Graduate Teaching Fellow

Open to Vanderbilt Graduate Students & Postdocs

REGISTER

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Crafting an Effective Teaching Statement: Revising Your Draft
Graduate Student/Postdoc Workshop

After attending the Creating Your Draft workshop, this Revising Your Draft workshop will allow participants to get feedback on their teaching philosophy statement. This session will include a quick review of best practices for writing a teaching statement/philosophy for the academic job market, however most of the time will be spent peer reviewing each other’s drafts. This workshop is open to Vanderbilt graduate students & Postdocs from across the disciplines who want to improve their teaching portfolio materials. All teaching experience levels are welcome. Those who do not have a draft of their teaching statement completed may still attend this session. The session facilitator will conduct a shortened version of the Creating Your Draft workshop while the other participants are engaging in the peer review process.

 


Date: Thursday, January 31
Time: 9:30-11:00 am
Location: CFT Classroom
Facilitator: Robert Marx,  CFT Graduate Teaching Fellow

Open to Vanderbilt Graduate Students & Postdocs

REGISTER

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Teaching 101
Graduate Student/Postdoc Workshop

Have you been thrust into an instructional role for which you feel unprepared? Are you a multi-semester teacher who wants a refresher on some of the basics? Regardless of your teaching experience, this workshop will provide practical, concrete guidance on the mechanics of teaching and classroom presence, with an eye towards small tweaks and adjustments that can have large impacts on classroom dynamics, student learning, and instructor confidence. By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • organize and structure class sessions to maximize student understanding.
  • describe and implement techniques to speak more confidently and present more effectively for student engagement.
  • design and put into practice classroom activities that increase authentic participation and meaningful conversations.

Date: Tuesday, February 5
Time: 9:30-11:00am
Location: CFT Classroom
Facilitators: Chelsea Yarborough and Robert Marx, CFT Graduate Teaching Fellows

Open to Vanderbilt Graduate Students & Postdocs
REGISTER