MIT BE TA-Training-2010

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Day 1: Monday, August 30th

Monday, August 30th in Room 56-614

Time Event Speaker(s)
<9:30 AM Light breakfast
9:30-9:35 Welcome and definition of goals Doug Lauffenburger
9:35-10:30 Defining expectations Kim Hamad-Schifferli and Forest White
10:30-10:45 Coffee
10:45-11:45 Microteaching demonstration, introduction to
microteaching topics, and team-building exercise
11:45-1:00 Meet/Q&A with TA mentors over lunch

Day 2: Tuesday, August 31st

Tuesday, August 31st in Room 56-614

You will be put into groups of no more than 6 people for a practice teaching session ("microteaching"). Please sign up for a problem below by putting your name under the appropriate column. (Sample sign-ups are shown below as prb x, grp y.) Within a group, each person should do a different problem. The problem statements can be found in the "handout" section below. Please ask a fellow group member for assstance if you have trouble signing up. Microteaching is required for students teaching lecture subjects. If you are a lab subject TA and want a chance to practice, please see us - we may have a few additional slots available.

Before your session on Tuesday, please read the following two links on effective observation and feedback during microteaching:

Problem # Problem topic Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4
1 Free energy and ATP hydrolysis prb1, grp 1 prb1, grp 4
2 Proton availability in a cell prb2, grp 1 prb2, grp3
3 Protein-ligand binding parameters
4 Biologically relevant redox
5 Conformational entropy prb5, grp1
6 Metabolic network adaptation

Groups for Team-Building and Microteaching Sessions

Group 1:


Day 2 Schedule

Session Time Faculty Leader Group
8:30-10:30 AM JE
10:00-11:30 AM KHS
11:30 AM -1:00 PM FW
1-2:30 PM KHS

Handouts and Links to Resources


Final versions will go here and hardcopies will be available at the session.

Introductory lecture (PDF)
Team-building exercise (PDF)
Microteaching introduction (PDF)
Microteaching problems (PDF)


Teaching Resources

Helping Students

Please do not hesitate to talk to the faculty member(s) teaching your subject if you encounter an extraordinary situation – you are not expected to shoulder the brunt of student difficulties. For your reference, some resources for students (that includes most of you, in fact!) are below.

  • Student Support Services
    • Room 5-104; 253.4861
    • Students who are experiencing academic or personal difficulty can be referred to the S3 office.
  • Resource List 1
  • Resource List 2
  • BE Tutoring Service
    • Juniors and seniors in BE are available to tutor for many UG core classes.
    • Tutoring hours are typically set for each subject toward the beginning of the semester.
    • Tutoring occurs in the student lounge (56-046).
  • Office of Minority Education
    • Room 4-113; 253.5010
    • OME offers a tutoring service open to all students by appointment.
  • Disabilities Services Office
    • Room 7-145; 253.1674
    • Note that faculty should be the primary contact for working with the DSO; this link is provided in case you need additional support or information.