Current & Upcoming Workshops

2015 August Teaching Workshop for Graduate Teaching Assistants


August 20, 2015; 8:15 am 4:30 pm

Sponsored by the Teaching Resource Center with additional support from the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Office of the Assistant Vice President for Graduate Studies

All graduate students and postdoctoral fellows new to teaching at UVa are invited.

8:15-8:50 Check-In/Registration & Refreshments
Nau Hall, 1st Floor Lobby
9:00-10:00 Welcome & Interactive Plenary: What Do the Best College
Teachers Do?*
Nau Hall, Room 101
We all have assumptions about what it means to be a good (or a bad) teacher. Some of those assumptions are rooted in our own experience, others are informed by prevalent cultural images. Whether you aspire to teach like Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter) or Louanne Johnson (Dangerous Minds), it will be worthwhile to consider what research on the best U.S. college teachers can tell us about the realities of good teaching and learning.
*Bain, K. (2004). What the Best College Teachers Do.
10:00-10:15 Transition to next session.
10:15-11:15 Teaching the First Days of Class
Get practical advice about how to keep the butterflies under control and get your class off to a good start.
11:15-11:20 Quick Break
11:20-12:20 Troubleshooting Teaching Challenges
What if your students say a test is unfair?…talk during others' presentations?…question the grades on their papers? By discussing difficult classroom situations, you enhance your chances of avoiding any yourself.
12:30-1:30 Lunch Panel Discussion: Balancing Teaching and Life as a Graduate Student
An opportunity to talk with experienced TAs about strategies for finding balance as you incorporate teaching into your graduate career.Funding for lunch generously provided by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate Office of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Office of the Assistant Vice President of Graduate Studies.
1:30-1:45 Transition to next session.
1:45-3:00 Workshops: Teaching Methods
  • Teaching Methods Facilitating Discussion
    Discuss ways to effectively facilitate classroom discussions, including maximizing student preparation and participation, guiding discussion without stifling students' creativity, and asking compelling questions.
  • Teaching Problem-Solving
    Get tips on how to be successful teaching a problem-solving section in science, social science or engineering.
  • Teaching Math
    Explore innovative pedagogical techniques to create an effective learning environment in a variety of math course settings.
  • Teaching Scientific Inquiry
    Learn ways to make laboratory and other science classes a successful setting in which to pursue scientific inquiry and enhance scientific understanding.
3:00-3:15 Transition to next session.
3:15-4:30 Workshops: Assessing Student Work
  • Tips and Techniques for Grading Student Work
    Discuss strategies for assessing and evaluating student work quickly, fairly, and effectively. Sessions are targeted to the following disciplinary clusters:
  • Science and Engineering - Scientific writing, including essays, lab reports, short answer exams.
  • Humanities and Social Science - A focus on essays, short answer and essay exams.
  • Assessing Student Learning in Quantitative Courses
  • Assessing & Responding to Student Learning Difficulties in Foreign Languages
    Learn how to recognize learning difficulties and disabilities in your language course and accommodations that will help students who have them.


Available Spaces: 212