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Teacher Training

The Teaching Effectiveness Program sponsors workshops throughout the year on a wide-range of topics related to teaching and learning. See our Schedule of Events for workshops and classes running this term. During the first two weeks before fall term begins, we offer more comprehensive (full-day and half-day) teacher training sessions on Basic Teaching Skills, Teaching as a Sole Instructor and Large Class Teaching.

Activities and materials focus on: effective presentations, lesson planning, promoting critical thinking, motivating your students, facilitating discussions, grading, classroom management and more. This training is designed to help graduate teaching fellows whose first teaching assignment is a discussion section for the large class. This training would also be appropriate for anyone interested in the basics of teaching, someone who has only taught at the high school level, or someone returning to the classroom after a significant absence. For more resources about teaching for the first time see our 1st Time Teaching and Online Beginnings sections.

Many of the same topics described above in the basic teaching skills training are addressed in more depth and coming from the position of being solely in charge of the classroom. We also include how to design a course, course goals and learning objectives, syllabus construction, inclusive teaching and how to deal with difficult situations with students. For more resources about teaching for the first time see our 1st Time Teaching section.

Activities and materials focus on: the interactive lecture, communication strategies for large audiences, promoting deep learning in the large lecture course, group learning in the large class, classroom assessment techniques, working with GTFs and more. For more resources about teaching for the first time see our Teaching Large Classes section.

We are open to suggestions on training topics. We can also provide workshops designed to meet the specific needs of individual departments. Send suggestions and requests to

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