Spring 2008 TA Orientation Friday, January 11, 2008 8:00 am to 3:30 pm HSC Capitol Room
The purpose of this orientation is to cover topics of interest suggested by the participants of the fall 2007 Teaching Assistant Orientation, and provide new and experienced TAs an opportunity to network with each other once again. The interactive sessions by faculty and teaching assistants will address effective methods to make courses motivating and engaging, lecture techniques using theatrical elements, strategies for leading effective classroom discussions, and lesson planning from the perspective of experienced TAs. The sessions will include time for questions and answers from the audience. Both new and experienced TAs will benefit from this orientation. Below is the tentative agenda.
Welcome and Overview of the Orientation – Chigozie Achebe (Faculty Development)
Preparing to Teach a Motivating and Engaging Course – Faculty Panel: Brad Cripe (Accountancy), Michael Day (English), Lisa Yamagata-Lynch (Educational Technology, Research and Assessment). Moderator: Tim Griffin (Ombudsman)
Teaching Truths from the Theatre – Alex Gelman (Theatre and Dance)
Presentation Strategies for Leading Classroom Discussion – Linda O’Neill (Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations)