Grad Academy For College Teaching
The Graduate Academy for College Teaching prepares TAs for classroom teaching responsibilities (lecture, discussion, laboratory, or studio) by engaging them in interactive sessions about teaching strategies and resources. The program is designed as a conference with choices of sessions on foundational teaching topics, discipline-based teaching topics and language, culture, and diversity topics. Grad Academy TAs will also attend Microteaching sessions that provide them with a safe and constructive environment to practice their teaching skills. Read more about Microteaching below.
Click to see January 2020 Grad Academy Program
The Symposium on Grading & Office Hours
The Symposium on Grading & Office Hours is for those TAs who have non-classroom responsibilities. In large and small group sessions, TAs learn about effective and fair grading techniques and how to use office hours as an opportunity for good teaching and learning.
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Other Grad Academy Resources
Microteaching is a recorded teaching simulation that provides feedback on, and a starting point for conversation about, your teaching. It is called “micro” because it lasts only 7 minutes, focuses on a narrow lesson, and is taught to a small audience. Microteaching and the playback review are important and required parts of the Graduate Academy.
Logistics – Sign Up for a Session
You will teach your 7-minute lesson in one 90-minute session with 6 other TAs. We want microteaching to be positive and useful to you. It is more interesting to be with TAs from diverse departments. You will sign up for one session during the breaks at the Graduate Academy.
Getting Ready – Planning Your Lesson
You will choose a topic/concept in your discipline that you could teach to freshmen or sophomores in 7 minutes. You will do some work on planning this lesson during the first day of the Graduate Academy, but it helps to think about a few topic ideas before this time.
During the Session
You will teach your lesson and get written and oral feedback. In addition to being a teacher, you will be expected to play the role of a student for the lessons taught by the other TAs in the session. You should also be prepared to offer support and ideas for improvement to them, and receive the same from them.
After the Session
You will sign up for a playback consultation with one of the CITL staff members. These consultations will take place during the first few weeks of the semester.
The consultation is a private conversation with an experienced instructor about teaching. This conversation starts with your microteaching video as it relates to your current or future teaching assignment. This is not an evaluation, but, rather, is a sharing of ideas and a time to ask questions.