Center for Teaching and Learning
Practical Teaching Techniques
While grounding pedagogy in theory is important, Teaching Assistants more often are interested in how to implement educational practices that will result in student learning. In this workshop, we will focus on the practical side of teaching. First, we will talk about student as learners. Participants will learn about different tests that can help identify the type of learners in their classes and how to engage using learning styles. We will use Chickering and Gamson’s 7 Principles for Good Practice to discuss realistic ways to: 1. Encourage Contact Between Students and Faculty, 2. Develop Reciprocity and Cooperation Among Students, 3. Encourage Active Learning, 4. Give Prompt Feedback, 5. Emphasize Time on Task, 6. Communicate High Expectations, and 7. Respect Diverse Talents and Ways of Learning. Finally, participants will discuss specific situations and topics relevant to their teaching practices and pedagogy such as dealing with stress as an instructor, using questions effectively in the classroom, the first day of class, lesson planning procedures, grading practices and culturally effective communication. This workshop will be guided by participants’ interests and attendees will walk away with techniques sure to improve teaching and learning.
Facilitators: Ryan Bronkema, Liane Ortis, Adam Murphy