SAMPLE SCHEDULE FOR THE TA PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM (TAPDP)

TAPDP is currently held on the Tuesday & Wednesday of “Welcome Week.”

The actual topics and schedule will depend on the Pedagogical Fellow conducting your training. Whenever possible, they will make every effort to be sure that your training is specific to your discipline and as practice-oriented as they can.  For example, you might grade actual student responses to real assignments, create a lesson that you’re likely to have to teach, and learn about how to secure the equipment and other resources needed for your courses.

The schedule that follows for the two days of TAPDP is meant solely to serve as an example of the general topics you will explore.

Day 1: Tuesday

Workshop Title:

Location:

  • Coffee & Snacks
  • Welcome & Roll Taking:
Department Assigned Room

The Basics:

  • Introductions/Ice Breaker
  • TA Duties
  • Who You Will Be Teaching
  • Creating an Inclusive Learning Environment
Department Assigned Room

Starting Out on the Right Foot:

  • Establishing Authority
  • Professionalism
  • Boundary-Setting.
  • What to ask the Prof.
  • TA’ing for Course X

 

Department Assigned Room

Performing Selected Duties:

  • Designing a Lesson
  • Leading Discussion or Leading a Lab or Leading a Studio (depending on your TA assignment
  • Grading/Responding to Student Work
  • Effectively Handling Challenging Situations & Using Your Resources
Department Assigned Room

Instructional Technology:

Using UCI’s Learning Management Systems: Canvas & the Educational Electronic Environment (EEE)

Department Assigned Room

What To Do On The First Day:

Preparing for the First Day of Class

Department Assigned Room

Getting Ready to Teach:

Micro-Teaching Assignment for Day 2

Department Assigned Room

Putting It All Together:

Processing, Questions & Responses

Department Assigned Room

 

DAY 2: WEDNESDAY

Workshop Title:

Location:

Take Roll Department Assigned Room

Getting Practice in Front of a Class:

Micro-Teaching & Feedback (Practice Teaching)

Department Assigned Room

Your Right to Representation:

TA Union Reps

Department Assigned Room

Practicing Giving Feedback:

Feedback Form

Department Assigned Room

Next Steps for Your Pedagogical Professional Development

Department Assigned Room