College Classroom Teaching Strategies

Mondays 1:00 - 2:00 PM, Roser ATLAS 301

Monday Workshops

Monday workshops focus on concrete strategies, techniques,

and methods to help you teach better in the classroom.



September 11

Tactivation: Motivating with Manipulatives

Noah Williams, Former Lead Graduate Teacher, Mathematics

Are you tired of monotonous lectures? Would you like to re-energize your class? Attend this workshop to investigate “tactivities” - tactile group tasks that promote deep learning through increased student engagement with course content. In particular, we will discuss the merits of “tactivities,” how to create them from traditional lessons, and ideas for their implementation in the college classroom.

September 18

Expectations and Resources for Professional Conduct as a Graduate Instructor

Suzanne Soled, Director of Faculty Relations

What are the professional responsibilities, ethical principles, and conduct expected of graduate student instructors and faculty in an academic setting? What are examples of expected and unacceptable conduct when you teach, engage in scholarly and creative work, and in university citizenship? Learn the most common violations of unprofessional conduct, how to avoid them, and what can be done about them when they do occur.

September 25

Increasing Active Learning in the Undergraduate Classroom

Preston Cumming, Lead Coordinator, GTP

In this workshop, Dr. Cumming will offer a sound rationale for active learning and practical strategies for getting started. Participants will be introduced to active learning techniques that improve critical thinking and teamwork. Workshop participants will discuss the challenges associated with this method and explore strategies for addressing them.



October 2

A Daily Dose of Critical Thinking Skills: 4 Activities to Implement Tomorrow

Tara Gilboa, Online Learning Experience Designer

This workshop presents several just-in-time teaching activities to build critical thinking skills with your students. Pick one or more to implement in your course for tomorrow!

October 9

Elevate Your Teaching Voice

Jamie Skerski, Instructor, Communication

This workshop will focus on public speaking for the classroom and beyond. Emphasis on polishing delivery.

October 16

Grant Writing Round Table

Presenters - to be announced

This group of panelists, all grant-winning graduate students, will answer questions and offer pointers for writing grant proposals and carrying out successful projects. Please check online for updated information about these speakers, who will represent people from across the disciplinary spectrum.

October 23

How Can Academics Connect with Professional Track Students?

Chelsea Daggett, Former Lead Graduate Teacher, Journalism

Many TAs and Graduate Part Time Instructors spend their lives learning how to teach from academics. Students in professional disciplines relate differently to dense, theoretical course material. So how can we make these concepts relevant, concrete, and practical for students who prefer to learn through action and application? This workshop will provide resources to develop effective teaching.

October 30

Preparing Students to Write a Successful College Paper

Mark Pleiss, Lead Coordinator, GTP

It is not always enough just to assign a paper with a rubric. Many college students, especially freshmen, need help processing information, organizing it, and presenting a written argument in a clear way. This workshop will offer a classroom model for teaching students how to break a paper down into manageable pieces and then begin writing it with the support of the instructor and other students in the class.

All workshops count toward GTP certificate requirements.

All graduate students, undergraduate teaching & learning assistants, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and staff are welcome at GTP events and activities.

For further information, please call 303-492-4902.