Lesson Planning Theme

These sessions are focused on things you can do when planning or designing a lesson to ensure successful implementation.  What are the considerations we should be thinking about when designing lessons and what tips and tricks are involved to help learners achieve lesson objectives?  These workshops explore what we can do to make active learning a key component in the learning environment for students.

In order to complete the theme, you must register for and complete each of the sessions listed below. In addition, you must complete the pre-session module before the institute begins, and the post session module after the final session in the theme. If you complete the whole theme, you will be eligible for a signed letter of completion to be placed in your Teaching Portfolio.

Please note – In order to qualify for the letter of completion for this theme:

  1. You must attend and complete all three of the sessions listed below
  1. The Pre-Session Module must be completed before 8:00 am on Monday, January 15, 2018.
  2. The Post-Session Module must be completed between 5:30 pm on January 18 and 5:30 pm on January 25, 2018.

The sessions in this theme are as follows.

TAing in a Culturally Diverse Classroom

Students and instructors including TA’s seem to be overwhelmed by challenges of being in a culturally diverse classroom context. Have you wondered why and how students from different cultural backgrounds than you seem to perceive things differently? Do you know that you can maximize the benefits your diverse learners bring and navigate the possible challenges of TAing is such environment?  This very interactive session will explore these and similar questions you may have and help you: (1) identify the benefits and challenges of TAing in culturally diverse classrooms; and, (2) generate pedagogical practices for empowering your students to navigate possible challenges starting from lesson planning to actual instructional delivery and supporting their active learning.

Facilitator: Aloy Anyichie

Design and Facilitation of Small Group Activities

Want to promote collaborative and peer-to-peer learning among your learners?  Join us in this workshop where we discuss cognitive, behavioral, and social benefits of cooperative learning.  In this interactive session, we would explore steps to design group activities, techniques to prevent potential challenges, and strategies to implement successful group activities.

Facilitator: Jennifer Brown

Classroom Assessment Techniques: Know Why and How to Assess

Classroom assessment is a valuable component of a lesson. However, many graduate students have not considered how to apply assessment in their own teaching. In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to explore a variety of classroom assessment techniques and begin to discover how to include them in their lessons. Specifically, the learning objectives include: a) evaluate the benefits and challenges of classroom assessment techniques; b) consider different classroom assessment techniques and develop steps for their implementation; and c) plan a lesson including at least two classroom assessment techniques.

Facilitators: Andrea Johnson and Emily Scribner