Kennesaw State University

The Spring 2019 Graduate Student Teaching Workshop Series

This combination of workshops and webinars for a graduate student audience is designed to address core competencies for graduate student teachers. Further, this series includes a webinar on well-being and two workshops to prepare for a job search: Preparing a Teaching Statement and a Teaching Demo. See the descriptions of each workshop below:

1. Opening Days: Planning the First Week of Class
Presenters: Mandy McGrew & Linda Stewart
Date: Monday, January 7, 2019 Time:  4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Participants in this webinar will identify ways to introduce and sequence activities in the first week of class that preview what students can expect throughout the semester. Participants in this webinar will identify and share approaches and activities that set the stage for the semester. Possible topics include setting ground rules, establishing an inclusive classroom climate, using content-based strategies to provoke student curiosity, and goal-setting for student success. Let’s get started in purposeful and productive ways!

2. Lab Classroom Teaching Strategies that Work
Workshop – Marietta Campus, Academic Building (H), room 202
Facilitators: Mandy McGrew, Kevin Markley (Graduate Student), and Linda Stewart
Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 Time: 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.
This workshop addresses easily adaptable teaching strategies for effective teaching in the lab classroom to improve student understanding. Participants will discuss and share ideas to provide a clear overview, use a range of examples, create an inclusive climate, seek student feedback, assign or evaluate lab reports, and measure student understanding and other classroom assessment techniques.

3. Getting Real with Role-play Activities Across Disciplines
Workshop – Kennesaw Campus, CETL House, 3211 Campus Loop Rd
Facilitator: Linda Stewart
Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019 Time: 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Paradoxically, role-play is an authentic activity to improve long-term learning and prepare students for future coursework or careers. Role play activities encourage students to identify solutions to case studies, resolve problems in representative scenarios , interpret theories, analyze literature and visual arts,  or practice empathy by taking another person’s point of view. Through role play, students can engage in research, build “think-on-your-feet” skills, and reflect upon alternative solutions. Participants in this research-based, interactive workshop will examine the effectiveness of role-play across disciplines, analyze guidelines and resources for role-play activities, and practice how to design and implement role-play in college classrooms.

4. Making the Last Day of Class Memorable
Facilitator: Linda Stewart
Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 Time: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
What do we want students to remember from our courses? This interactive webinar prepares us to think about our goals for the last class of the semester.  Perhaps we want to reinforce the course goals, create opportunities for reflection, connect student learning to future classes or employment, affirm the value of continuous learning, or inspire our students. Join this webinar to share and to learn about purposeful strategies to wrap up our last class in a meaningful way for ourselves and our students.