Teaching Assistant Workshop
Friday, February 1, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Building 3– Room 333
RSVP by Wednesday, January 30 to Leann Dobranski, firstname.lastname@example.org
Interactive Teaching Techniques for Teaching Assistants
By asking students questions based on key concepts, you engage students’ interest and intelligence. You also learn what concepts they find most confusing. By having a whole class BE a demonstration, you can involve students even more in their learning. This session discusses the reasons for interactive teaching and provides examples of questions and techniques that you can use or adapt for your own teaching.
Teaching Problem Solving
In most engineering classes, an underlying goal is to teach “problem solving”. Most instructors are not particularly explicit about teaching problem solving and just assume that students will pick it up over the course of the semester by doing problem sets or design projects. While doing problems is a great way to practice problem solving, students can benefit from consciously thinking about their approach to new problems. This session will provide methods and strategies that can be utilized in recitations and office hours to help students consciously and actively learn to be effective problem solvers.
“Scenes from a Recitation” An Interactive Play Presented by MIT’s Teaching and Learning Ensemble (TALE)
This presentation provides an opportunity to think about and role play good teaching techniques in a classroom setting. “Scenes from a Recitation” depicts a classroom in which the Teaching Assistant has many things to cover in a short time frame. Students in the recitation have a range of backgrounds, abilities and interests, and issues. TALE actors will invite the audience to provide feedback, stop the action, take over roles, and consider situations and opportunities to better help students learn.
Open to all SoE Grad Students and TAs!