Teaching Orientation for School of Engineering Teaching Assistants

Friday, February 3, 2017

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: 56-154

Please complete the online registration form by February 1, 2017. Contact Leann Dobranski, leann@mit.edu if you have any questions.


Interactive Teaching Techniques for Teaching Assistants

9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

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.

Problems and Pitfalls in Classroom Teaching

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

In this portion of the workshop, participants will discuss a range of challenging situations and scenarios that can occur in the classroom.  Participants will work in small groups to analyze the scenarios and will write up their recommendations for action.  A large-group discussion of the analyses and recommendations will provide participants with the opportunity to share their solutions and concerns.

Title IX Policies and TA Responsibilities  

12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Lunch will be provided) 

In light of MIT’s efforts to raise awareness of sexual harassment and assault, Elizabeth McCarthy, MIT’s Title IX Education Specialist, will be speaking after the Teaching Orientation. Your attendance at this meeting is very important to ensure we are best prepared to provide our students, staff and faculty a healthy, safe and caring environment. We also want to make sure you understand your obligations as a TA if you are to become aware of any situations related to gender-discrimination, including sexual harassment and assault. Lunch will be provided. Liz will inform TAs of the law and the MIT policies surrounding the subjects of harassment and assault, and provide resources and tools to enhance your role as advisor, mentor and friend to students and others in our community. The presentation will also clarify MIT's and the Teaching Assistant’s responsibility to prevent and respond to sexual misconduct.


All sessions are open to all SoE Grad Students and TAs!