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Teaching Workshops

These workshops focus on practical, concrete strategies for common teaching tasks, challenges, and opportunities.  These sessions draw on research-based best practices from the literature on teaching and learning and help participants consider ways to apply those best practices in their teaching.

Teaching Workshops are typically a mix of presentation, large group discussion, small group activities, and times for individual reflection.

 


 

Crafting an Effective Teaching Statement

In this workshop, we will address best practices for writing a teaching statement/philosophy for the academic job market. This workshop is open to Vanderbilt graduate students & Postdocs from across the disciplines who want to improve their teaching portfolio materials. All teaching experience levels are welcome.

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Facilitators: Kylie Korsnack & Justin Hubbard, CFT Graduate Teaching Fellows

When: Monday, September 25th
Time: 3:00pm-4:30pm
Where: Vanderbilt Center for Teaching, 1114 19th Ave. South, 3rd Floor Classroom

Open to Graduate Students & Postdocs

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TAO Refresh

Did you just participate in Teaching Assistant Orientation this year and want to dig deeper with the basics of being a TA?  Are you resuming your TA duties this year and would like a refresher about best practices in teaching? Have you been a TA for a while, but would like to hone what you’ve been doing? Then the TAO Refresh Workshop is for you.  We will be unpacking topics such as designing a lecture, grading, office hours, and even ones you bring to the table!  Come join us for as little or as much of the workshop as you can!

Facilitators: CFT Graduate Teaching Fellows

When: Thursday, October 12th
Time: 12:30pm-3:30pm
Where: Vanderbilt Center for Teaching, 1114 19th Ave. South, 3rd Floor Classroom
Open to Graduate Students

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Microaggressions in the Classroom

When teaching, it is almost guaranteed that microaggressions will take place. These seemingly small, ostensibly singular manifestations of oppression can deleteriously effect the teaching-learning environment, our students, and ourselves. As common as microaggressions are, it is equally common that educators are at times unsure of the best way to intervene, particularly in ways that maintain effective relationships with students and/or colleagues. Further, typical best practices for intervening assume the responder’s position as bystander, ignoring the ways that educators may also perpetrate or be targets of injustice.

This session aims to create an active learning community wherein current and future educators can build their capacity to respond effectively to microaggressions in the classroom. After offering some guiding principles for effective interventions, the facilitators will lead participants through a skill-building sessions that draws from participants’ own experiences and questions.

Facilitator: Amie Thurber, CFT Graduate Teaching Fellow

When: Thursday, October 26th
Time: 3:00pm-4:30pm
Where: Vanderbilt Center for Teaching, 1114 19th Ave. South, 3rd Floor Classroom
Open to Graduate Students & Postdocs