College Classroom Teaching Strategies

Mondays 2:00 - 3:00 PM, Environmental Design 234

Monday Workshops

Monday workshops focus on concrete strategies, techniques,

and methods to help you teach better in the classroom.



January 29

Engaging Students in Course Materials

Jenny Ramirez (CEAC), Caleb Pickard (PHIL), Danielle Lemmon (ATOC), GTP Leads

Disinterest, one of the great enemies of good teaching, wears different guises in the classroom. Particular students may fail to engage in your course; particular lessons may be met with puzzlement or indifference; particular topics may even leave you, the instructor, cold. But how should you combat disinterest in the classroom? This workshop will consider a variety of permutations of this problem, from a range of disciplines, and will address strategies for anticipating and overcoming it.

February 5

Discussion as Classroom Cornerstone: Hacks and Habits for Increasing Student Participation

Rohini Chandra (GSLL), Anna Daily (PSCI), Kelly Drumright (SPAN), GTP Leads

This workshop will focus on cultivatiing an instructor attitude for goal-oriented learning along with practical tips for encouraging participation.

February 12

Virtual Office Hours and Remote Attendance Technologies: Zoom and Kubi

Tarah Dykeman, Learning Experience Graduate Student Assistant, OIT

Zoom is an online video meeting platform that allows you to create a virtual space for students to collaborate through video, audio, and chat. This session will walk you through ways you might use Zoom with your students, and then we’ll explore Kubi, a robotic technology that integrates with Zoom and allows remote users to control their perspective and presence from a distance.

February 19

Striking the "Write" Balance: Providing Effective Feedback Without Losing Your Mind

Shana Stites (PSYC), Bianca Frazer (THTR), Jared Kopczynksi (COMM), Cristen Dalessandro (SOCY), GTP Leads

Teaching undergraduates how to improve their writing can be challenging for any educator, but when you add in the other demands of academic life, the task can seem daunting. This workshop will address strategies for teaching academic writing across disciplines. We’ll discuss how to develop effective writing prompts with rubrics to assess outcomes, how to make use of technology to provide feedback that is meaningful for students while still manageable for teachers, and how to incorporate short writing assignments into our courses to practice writing skills more frequently.

February 26

Impacting Undergraduate Students in an Introductory Elective Course

Jonnia Torres, PhD Candidate, GTP Lead 2015-17, Linguistics

Are you teaching a course that meets the general requirement and you find yourself exclusively teaching the “basics” in your field? Have you come to realize that many of your students are simply not excited about the material and you struggle to foster new academics in your field? This workshop addresses the challenges associated with making an impact on undergraduates in your introductory level course. Participants will explore teaching strategies that can be implemented into their curriculum to teach more than these foundational skills and foster a new generation of enthusiastic specialists. Solutions such as strategies for coaching successful research paper writing, maximizing productivity, and improving note-taking skills will be presented.

March 5

Imposter Syndrome: Strategies for Coping

Cristen Dalessandro, GTP Lead, Sociology

In this workshop, we will define and discuss the concept of “Imposter Syndrome” and brainstorm strategies for coping with it. The lead will discuss Imposter Syndrome in academia and potential strategies for managing Imposter Syndrome in research and teaching contexts. Attendees should leave the workshop with a better understanding of how to alleviate the negative impact of Imposter Syndrome. While this workshop is designed with beginning graduate students in mind, anyone is welcome to attend.

March 12

Student Academic Success Center (SASC): Student-Centered Teaching

Lameese Akacem, Biology Instructor, SASC, GTP Lead 2014-16, Integrative Physiology

The Student Academic Success Center (SASC) is a multicultural learning community that promotes academic excellence among first generation, low-income and underrepresented students at CU Boulder. SASC offers smaller sections of many first year courses including EBIO 1210: General Biology 1. In this workshop we will discuss a) how SASC supports underrepresented students on this campus and b) the student-centered instructional approach in SASC using General Biology 1 as a model.

March 19

Effective Communication for Teaching and Research

Kaitlyn Garifi (ECEN), Jasmine Wallas (CHEM), Tim Morrissey (MCEN), GTP Leads

In this interactive workshop, attendees will work together to develop communication skills that will reach a diverse set of learners. We will work in groups to craft and critique content for various scenarios such as the classroom and conference room. Please bring your laptops with Microsoft Powerpoint installed.

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.