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The Essentials of Teaching and Learning

The Essentials of Teaching and Learning workshops offer new or developing graduate student instructors approaches to better facilitate student learning and improve teaching practices. Join us at any one of these foundational workshops to deepen insight that you have started to develop at teaching orientations or in early teaching experiences.

Join us for Essentials!

Organizing Your Teaching: Backward Design | Register
Friday, September 15, 2017
10:00 AM–12:00 PM, Butler Library Room 212

Join the CTL for a two-hour workshop for graduate students focused on giving you a scalable conceptual framework to help you plan an activity, a class session, or an entire course. In this workshop, you will learn about backward design – an end-in-mind approach to instruction to help you facilitate your students’ learning. We will engage with strategies to determine and describe learning objectives for your students, and discuss the use of these learning objectives to help drive assignments, feedback, and in-class activities.

The Interactive Classroom and Inclusive Practices | Register
Friday, September 29, 2017
10:00 AM–12:00 PM, Butler Library Room 212

Join the CTL for a two-hour workshop for graduate students focused on giving you strategies to better engage students with their own learning. In this workshop, you will learn and practice strategies aligned with learning goals that facilitate student learning in your classroom. We will discuss the evidence and efficacy of these active learning strategies, along with approaches we can use to make our classrooms more inclusive.

Facilitating Student Learning Beyond the Classroom: Grading Problem Sets | Register
Friday, October 6, 2017
10:00 AM–12:00 PM, Butler Library Room 212

Join the CTL for a two-hour workshop for graduate students focused on giving you tools to better grade problem sets. In this workshop, you will learn approaches to grading problem sets that help you encourage students to focus more on their improvement and less on their grades. We will discuss the use of rubrics to help streamline and standardize our grading, while helping students better understand what we value in the topic and discipline.

Facilitating Student Learning Beyond the Classroom: Grading Papers | Register
Friday, October 13, 2017
10:00 AM–12:00 PM, Butler Library Room 212

Join the CTL for a two-hour workshop for graduate students focused on giving you tools to better grade papers and other written assignments. In this workshop, you will learn approaches to grading papers that help you encourage students to focus more on their improvement and less on their grades. We will discuss the use of rubrics to help streamline and standardize our grading, while helping students better understand what we value in the topic and discipline.

Related CTL Programs, Services, and Resources

Microteaching Practice Sessions
The CTL runs microteaching practice sessions for graduate students, where you can try out any of the approaches or techniques covered in the Essentials of Teaching and Learning sessions. Learn more about microteaching

Teaching Observations
Would you like trained graduate student Teaching Consultants to visit your class and offer you supportive, confidential feedback on your teaching? Sign up for an observation. Learn more about teaching observations for graduate students

Consultations
The CTL offers in-person consultation to graduate students on all topics addressed in the Essentials of Teaching and Learning sessions. To set up a consultation, email CTLgrads@columbia.edu.

Contact

Questions about the Essentials of Teaching and Learning? Contact the Graduate Student Programs and Services Teaching Initiatives team at CTLgrads@columbia.edu

 

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