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."
||Registration and continental breakfast
||Welcome from the Teaching and Learning Center and the Graduate School
--Pete Watkins, Associate Director, TLC
--Zebulon Kendrick, Vice Provost, Graduate School
||“What would you do? - Dealing with the Tough Stuff"
--Theatre of the Oppressed and faculty panel
||Breakout Session 1
||Lunch (on your own)
||Breakout Session 2
||"What would you do?" Part II
||Not just what we teach, but whom we teach: Who are Temple students?
--Rebecca Alpert, Professor, Religion, College of Liberal Arts (CLA)
||Closing and raffle
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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Welcome from the Graduate School
Presenter: Zebulon Kendrick, Vice Provost, Graduate School
Presentation on the graduate school (PPT)
What would you do? Part II
Presenters: Representatives from resouce centers
Ten Ways to Improve Student Research | List of the library's subject specialists
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
Making it Stick: How to Design Engaging and Effective Learning Activities
Facilitator: Charlene Kwon, Rhetoric and Composition
10 Suggestions Handout | Making it Stick Handout
Why Aren't My Students as Interested in This Stuff As I Am? How to Motivate Students
Facilitator: Alice Gatling, Theater
How to Grade Effectively (without Losing Sleep)
Facilitator: Brian Shevory, Psychological, Organizational, and Leadership Studies (POLS)
Rubric Template | Stevens & Levi Rubric Questionnaire
Identity Matters: Promoting Positive Teacher-Student Interactions and Class Climate
Facilitator: Lina Richardson, Urban Education
Strategies for Creating Positive Class Climate | Factors that can impact class climate