Annual Teaching Conference

WELCOME TO THE 2019 CALTECH TEACHING CONFERENCE

Organized by the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Outreach (CTLO)

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Time:  10:00 AM-4:00 PM

More Session Details Coming Soon.

Please check back in mid-September for additional information.

Enjoy concurrent sessions throughout the day, led by Caltech colleagues and invited guests. Sessions are designed for beginning TAs all the way through experienced instructors, and include discussions of effective strategies, student motivation, inclusive teaching, careers, and more.

  • First year-graduate students (G1s): G1s are automatically registered as part of their orientation week. Attendance at the opening session and all four concurrent blocks is required for all G1s.
  • Returning graduate students, undergraduates, postdocs, instructors, staff, and faculty: Please RSVP and attend any session(s) of your choice.

Teaching Assistant Materials:

  • TA Handbook: an official guide.
  • TA Short Guide to Key Resources, 2019-2020 (coming soon)
  • Teaching Conference Program (coming soon, but see draft schedule below)


2019 Teaching Conference Draft Schedule

Opening Session 10:00am

Opening Session (Baxter Lecture Hall)

Session Locations

Baxter
Lecture
Hall

Dabney
Lounge

Beckman
Behavioral Biology
B180

Baxter
Basement
B125

Baxter
125

Baxter
127

Baxter
128

Block 1 Sessions

11am - 11:50am

*Fair Grading and Effective Feedback

 

*Leading Successful
(and Popular!)
Office Hours

Classroom Communication For International TAs and Others

 Time Management: Focusing on Meaningful Activity

Starting Small with Active Learning

Transparent Teaching

Block 2 Sessions

12pm - 12:50pm

*Effective Recitations: The Power of Being Prepared

 

*Fair Grading and Effective Feedback

Writing Problem Sets and Exams

Facilitative Teaching: Helping Students “Get It” Themselves


Teaching as a Team: Efficient TA’ing When You Have Many TA’s For One Class

Responding to Student Writing in STEM

LUNCH

1pm - 1:50pm

 Lunch - Table Discussions in Dabney Garden

Tables 1 and 2: Copyright & Plagiarism, Table 3: Your Students + Accessibility Services, Table 4: Supporting Students in Crisis,

Table 5: Navigating race, class, gender, sexuality, and more in your TA role, Table 6: Designing Writing Assignments for STEM classes,

Table 7+: Ask a TA

Block 3 Sessions

2pm - 2:50pm

    

TA Panel Discussion with Caltech TAs


*Effective Recitations: The Power of Being Prepared

Motivating Yourself and Your Students

Mitigating Unconscious Bias and Microaggressions in the Classroom

Using Caltech Teaching to Propel Your Future in Industry, Academia & More

A Discussion on Effective Mentoring Practices

Block 4 Sessions

3pm - 3:50pm

*Leading Successful
(and Popular!) Office Hours

Learning To Think On Your Feet: Teaching as Improv 

Caltech 101: What You Need to Know if You're Going to Teach Undergraduates

Your First Class


Backward Design in Lesson Planning

Life as a Lab TA

 Outreach: Good for the CV, Good for the Soul!

*Indicates a session that is offered twice