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Welcome to the 2015 BE TA Training workshop!

The goal for the next two days is to give you some tools that will help to prepare you for the challenges and rewards of teaching. During this workshop you will meet mentors that can give you insight into your role as a teaching assistant. You will also learn about the resources that are available to you and your students. Whether you are currently excited or apprehensive (or anything in between) about TAing, we hope you will view it as an opportunity not just to make a difference in the lives of your students, but also to develop your own communication and management skills.

The skills you develop as a teaching assistant will be a great asset outside of this role: mentoring UROPs in your lab, identifying and understanding different learning styles (your students', your peers', and your own), training and working with peers, speaking and delivering presentations at conferences, and collaborating with industry colleagues that have widely-varying backgrounds and expectations.

The BE department takes great pride in its commitment to both undergraduate and graduate teaching and learning. We also take your professional growth and development seriously - and we know you'll take your new role as educators and mentors equally seriously.

Thank you to those who have contributed to the development of the BE TA Training experience: Agi Stachowiak, Shannon Hughes, Bevin Engelward, John Essigmann, Forest White, and Alan Jasanoff.


Day 1: Monday, August 31 in 56-614

9:00 - 9:15 am Pick-up handouts / coffee and breakfast
9:15 - 9:30 am TAship in BE Doug Lauffenburger
9:30 - 10:15 am Discussion: Training goals and the TA role Slides
BE TA Responsibilities
Noreen Lyell
10:15 - 10:30 am Break
10:30 - 11:00 am Discussion: Teaching philosophy Slides Bevin Engelward
11:00 - 11:30 am Discussion: BE Communications Lab resources Slides Diana Chien
11:30 - 12:30 pm Exercise: Reflect on learning and teaching Group assignments
Small groups
12:30 - 2:00 pm Lunch / discussions with TA mentors Group assignments
BE TA Roles
Small groups
2:00 - 2:30 pm Discussion: Teaching tips Handout
Giving and receiving feedback
Noreen Lyell
2:30 - 3:00 pm Wrap-up of Day 1 and overview of Day 2 Noreen Lyell

Day 2: Tuesday, September 1 in 56-614

9:00 - 9:15 am Pick-up handouts / coffee and breakfast
9:15 - 10:00 am Discussion: S^3 resources Gerardo Garcia-Rios
10:00 - 12:00 pm Exercise: Teaching practice and feedback Group assignments
Practice problems and solutions
Small groups


Teaching Help

Helping Students

Please do not hesitate to talk to the faculty member(s) teaching your subject if you encounter a student having unusual difficulties that you are not in a position to address. For your reference, some resources for students are listed below.

Helping Yourself

Many of the student-centered resources above apply not just to your charges, but to you! A few particularly relevant ones are listed below.