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Thirteenth Annual New TA Orientation and Teaching Workshops


13th Annual New TA Orientation & Workshops
Thursday, August 21, 2014
8.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.
Ritter Hall, Walk Auditorium

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The annual New TA Orientation and Teaching Workshops is just around the corner! Teaching Assistants from across the University will participate in sessions that will help them prepare for teaching at Temple.

  • About
  • Agenda
  • Facility Map
  • FAQs
  • Resources
  • Registration

About the Orientation

This orientation will prepare TAs to be excellent teachers at Temple University. At the general sessions, TAs will learn who Temple students are as well as what resources are available to support them. Teaching concerns will be eased as InterACTion Theater Troupe brings tough classroom situations to life. Topical breakout sessions will focus on various aspects of teaching, such as motivating and engaging students, facilitating discussions, grading, and more.

Participation for New Temple Teaching Assistants (0-1 semesters) is mandatory. Returning TAs are encouraged to attend. Don't miss this opportunity to network and share ideas with other Temple TAs across the disciplines.

Previous participants said...

"The breakout session was great, engaging, informative, and really opened my eyes to the possibilities and pitfalls of discussions."

"I learned of TLC's tools, resources, and support system for TA's that I plan to use throughout the year."

"The most valuable aspect of the orientation was meeting other TAs, being able to discuss topics with my peers and get valuable feedback in the large forum."


8.30am-9.30am Registration and continental breakfast
  General Session
9.30am-9.45am Welcome from the Teaching and Learning Center and the Graduate School
--Pamela Barnett, Associate Vice Provost and Director, TLC
--Zebulon Kendrick, Vice Provost, Graduate School
9.45am-11.00am “What would you do? - Dealing with the Tough Stuff"
--InterACTion Theater Troupe (led by TLC Assistant Director, Carl Moore, and three faculty panelists)
11.00am-11.15am Break
11.15am-12.30pm Breakout Session 1
12.30pm-1.30pm Lunch (on your own)
1.30pm-2.45pm Breakout Session 2
2.45pm-3.00pm Break
  General Session
3.00pm-4.00pm "What would you do?" Part II
4.00pm-4.45pm Not just what we teach, but whom we teach: Who are Temple students?
--Rebecca Alpert, Professor, Religion, College of Liberal Arts (CLA)
4.45pm-5.00pm Closing and raffle



Facility Map

Ritter Hall & Walk Auditorium

Ritter Hall is located at Montgomery Avenue and 13th Street. It is #40 on the campus map.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Am I required to attend this event? You are required to attend this event if you are a new TA at Temple and you have never attended a New TA Orientation at Temple University. You are considered a New TA if this is your first or second semester as a TA at Temple, even if you have taught previously (as an adjunct at Temple, as an adjunct or TA at another institution, etc.).

2. My department’s orientation is on the same day as this event. Which orientation should I attend? This orientation is mandatory for all new TAs. If your department's orientation is on the same day, please make arrangements with them to attend the New TA Orientation. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us immediately. Our email address is tlc@temple.edu.

3. I attended the New TA Orientation last year. Should I attend this year? We strongly encourage you to attend the breakout sessions. These sessions change each year, so it will be a new and beneficial experience.

Help us make this FAQ comprehensive by e-mailing us your question!


2013 General Resources

Davis, Barbara Gross. “The First Days of Class.” In Tools for Teaching, 37–54. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2009.

Student Safety Nest

2013 General Session Presentations

Welcome from the Teaching and Learning Center and the Graduate School
Presenter: Zebulon Kendrick, Vice Provost, Graduate School
Presentation on the graduate school (PPT)

"Can I date my cute student?" and other essential questions: HR Policies and Procedures
Presenter: Eric Brunner, Assistant VP of Learning and Development, Human Resources
Employee Manual and Sexual Harassment Presentation

Not just what we teach, but whom we teach: Who are Temple students?
Presenter: Rebecca Alpert, Professor, Religion, College of Liberal Arts (CLA)
First Year Students PPT

2013 Breakout Session Presentations

Making it Stick: How to Design Engaging and Effective Learning Activities
Facilitator: Bradley Bergey, Educational Psychology
Active Learning Tip Sheet | Session Handout-Active Learning Principles and Strategies

Facilitating Meaningful Discussion in the Classroom
Facilitator: Danielle Scherer, Political Science
Facilitating Meaningful Discussion Prezi

How to Grade Effectively without Losing Sleep (or your mind)
Facilitator: Sherry Schweighardt, Kinesiology
Handout on effective grading

Identity Matters: Promoting Positive Teacher-Student Interactions and Class Climate
Facilitator: Mary Etienne, Geography & Urban Studies
Strategies for Creating Positive Class Climate | Ambrose, et. al. "Why do Student Development and Course Climate Matter for Student Learning, in How Learning Works

Captivating Classes: Improving Lectures and Presentations
Facilitator: Christian Millichap, Mathematics
Captivating Lectures PPT



Blackboard Basics Session (August 20, 2014)



TA Orientation and Workshops (August 21, 2014)


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