Sanger Learning Center workshops for teaching assistants

The Sanger Learning Center and the Center for Teaching and Learning are excited to announce two new professional development opportunities for Graduate Teaching Assistants in non-teaching roles. While AI’s and TA’s leading discussions have access to a variety of training and support resources through CTL, the University currently does not have many offerings for TA’s whose duties consist mostly of grading and one-on-one communication with students. In response to this need, we are piloting a free program specifically for TA’s in the College of Liberal Arts.

Best,

Lesley Eblen Taylor

Learning Specialist, Sanger Learning Center

The University of Texas at Austin

Flawn Academic Center 338M

512-475-8812

 

Workshop: Mastering TA-to-Student Communication

Do you sometimes feel that you and your students are speaking two different languages? Have you ever wondered whether your students actually read those comments that you spend hours writing in the margins of their essays? This 90-minute workshop will help you maximize both the efficiency and the effectiveness of your communication with students. Discussion topics will include the following:

  • Using minimal marking to manage your grading load
  • Using e-mail to make your life easier, not harder
  • Navigating complaints, grade disputes, and other sticky situations
  • Communicating clearly and professionally with first-year students

If you are interested in this workshop, please click the link below to provide us with your contact information and availability. We will schedule the workshop based on TA preferences, and we will contact you directly once the date and time have been set.

Click here to sign up: https://utexas.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_b26OjIaX99tGShL

Micro-Teach Seminar

If you are looking for an opportunity to polish your classroom teaching skills, this seminar is for you. Our micro-teach sessions will allow you to encounter a variety of instructional strategies, practice classroom teaching techniques, and receive constructive feedback on your presentation skills. Over the course of 3 90-minute sessions, you will observe teaching demonstrations from colleagues in various departments, discuss the effectiveness of the techniques you have observed, and present your own teaching demo to a supportive and encouraging group of peers.

If you are interested in the micro-teach, please click the link below to provide us with your contact information and availability. We will schedule these sessions based on TA preferences, and we will contact you directly once the dates and times have been set.

Click here to sign up: https://utexas.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_b26OjIaX99tGShL