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Learning communities to support graduate student TAs

The Delta Program and WisCEL are offering several 8-10 week seminar learning communities to support graduate teaching assistants this semester. Please consider passing on these opportunities to TAs working with you this semester:

Exploring Practices in the Classroom: A learning community for TAs
Section 1: Tuesdays, 9:30-10:30 am (10 weeks, starting January 29)
Section 2: Thursdays, 11:00 am-12:00 pm (10 weeks, starting January 31)

More information and registration HERE.

This multidisciplinary learning community of graduate teaching assistants will help you develop an effective, inclusive classroom as well as navigate teaching challenges as they emerge throughout the semester. Through engaging in a 10-week seminar, participants will develop relationships with other graduate TAs, develop new tools and gain feedback on various teaching approaches, and build toward future teaching goals. New and experienced TAs are welcome. Topics we will explore together include:

  • Supporting group work
  • Providing effective feedback
  • Fostering equity and inclusion
  • Responding to students in distress
  • Facilitating discussion
  • Using your TA experience as career development

This seminar may be taken for 1 credit (optional). Questions can be directed to Don Gillian-Daniel at dldaniel@wisc.edu.

Exploring Teaching Practices for International TAs
Fridays, 9:00-10:00 a.m. (8 weeks; February 1- April 5)

More information and registration HERE.

As an international graduate teaching assistant, it can be challenging to navigate the socio-cultural environment that you may encounter as an instructor. The objective of this 10-week seminar is to foster a learning community based on active exchange of ideas between international graduate TAs who are interested in developing their skills as effective instructors. Through this course, international TAs will discuss strategies to explore the full potential of their own diverse backgrounds in ways that provides an effective, inclusive learning environment for their students. Our discussions will cover the following and more:

  • Exploring the shift in role from student to teacher
  • Navigating the expectations of the American classroom
  • Planning for class activities
  • Practicing inclusive teaching and welcoming diversity in the classroom
  • Using teaching experiences as career development

This seminar is offered for 1 credit. Questions can be directed to Jessica Maher at jessica.maher@wisc.edu.

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