TA Training

TA Training Workshop: How Students Learn

2020-04-15 19:30:00 2020-04-15 21:00:00 America/Los_Angeles TA Training Workshop: How Students Learn Powell 285 Mail
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12:30pm to 2:00pm / April 15, 2020 Powell 285
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Workshop description

This workshop will offer an overview of how students learn and teaching techniques that will help your students achieve their goals. You will examine why material you’ve learned has stuck with you and the best ways to help your students hold onto the content you teach. Through activities and discussion, you will learn how to build on students’ prior knowledge, help students organize new knowledge, tap into students’ drives to learn, and use activities to encourage students to set goals. Our focus will be on the practical application of student-centered instruction.


Week 1

Tuesday, 3/31 (12:30–2:00 PM): The Nuts and Bolts of Lesson Planning*
Wednesday, 4/1 (2:30–4:00 PM): Arts-Integrated Pedagogy for the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Friday, 4/3 (12:30–2:00 PM): Assessment and Grading*

Week 2

Monday, 4/6 (3:30–5:00 PM): Creating Inclusive Classrooms*
Wednesday, 4/8 (10:30 AM–12:00 PM): Active Learning Strategies for STEM Discussion Sections
Thursday, 4/9 (4:00–5:30 PM): How Students Learn*

Week 3

Monday, 4/13 (3:30–5:00 PM): Interrupting Bias to Cultivate Inclusivity
Tuesday, 4/14 (12:30–2:00 PM): Active Learning Strategies for STEM Discussion Sections*
Wednesday, 4/15 (12:30–2:00 PM): How Students Learn*

Week 4

Tuesday, 4/21 (4:00–5:30 PM): Assessment & Grading: Measuring Student Achievement in the Classroom*
Thursday, 4/23 (10:00–11:30 AM): Creating Inclusive Classrooms*
Friday, 4/24 (10:30 AM–12:00 PM): The Nuts and Bolts of Lesson Planning*

CAT will not hold workshops weeks 5–6 of the Spring Quarter (during midterms). Please check back to see workshops added for weeks 7-9!


This series of five 90-minute workshops is designed with the novice teacher in mind. Each workshop provides an introduction into key concepts and strategies for developing an evidence-based teaching practice. All first-time teachers are encouraged to attend this series. 

The five workshops that comprise the series are:

  • How Students Learn
  • Creating Inclusive Classrooms
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Lesson Planning
  • Active Learning Strategies (choose one of the three versions below)
    • for Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (focuses on text-based discussion strategies)
    • for Labs (focuses on strategies specific to the laboratory setting)
    • for STEM discussion sections (focuses on problem-based discussion strategies)
  • Assessment and Grading

While each workshop is a self-contained unit and it is not necessary to attend the workshops in any particular order, the order above is suggested in order to provide the most support to novice teachers' learning. Full descriptions for each of these workshops can be found on the TA Training Program website.


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