The Challenge of Teaching Contentious and Current Events

Professor Rudy Sil, Political Science
Apr 24 2018 : 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Stiteler Hall Forum
Danielle Hanley, CTL Graduate Fellow, Political Science

Professor Sil writes and teaches on Russian politics. This workshop will focus on the challenges of teaching subjects that touch on current events. This workshop will also welcome discussion of experiences teaching contentious issues, which is a common occurrence in a political science classroom. 

All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the Political Science department and so may be most useful to students in related fields.

Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.

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Teaching a Benjamin Franklin Seminar

Apr 16 2018 : 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
CTL/OLI Seminar Room, 134 Van Pelt Library

In this conversation, faculty experienced with or curious about teaching Benjamin Franklin Seminars will come together to consider what makes these courses distinct and how to teach them. In general, teaching a BFS Seminar means teaching a small, challenging class that allows non-specialists to engage deeply in a field and closely with faculty; it means teaching Benjamin Franklin Scholars, a group of undergraduates committed to a broad curiosity and the power of ideas. But that definition may raise as many questions as it answers. In this discussion, faculty teaching in the program or potentially interested in doing so will both sharpen the idea of the BFS Seminar for the program and develop a better idea of what we might do in such classes in order to refine our own teaching of them.

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The Role of Research in the Practice of Teacher Education

Dr. Tamara Sniad GR'03 (Educational Linguistics)
Apr 12 2018 : 10:00 am to 11:00 am
GSE room 300
Mark Lewis, CTL Graduate Fellow, Education

What approaches to teacher education fit the student population of a large urban public university? What room is there for faculty research interests to shape instruction in a context of exacting state and department requirements for certification? Tamara Sniad (GR '03, Educational Linguistics) Associate Professor, TESOL in Temple University's College of Education, discusses lessons from teaching and coordinating courses in K-12 education. Workshop participants will consider how their research and expertise might best be leveraged in an undergraduate teacher education classroom.

All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the Education department and so may be most useful to students in related fields.

Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.

 

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Making a Syllabus from Scratch

Professor Susan Lindee, History and Sociology of Science
Apr 17 2018 : 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Williams 315
Elaine LaFay, CTL Graduate Fellow, History and Sociology of Science

All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the History and Sociology of Science department and so may be most useful to students in related fields.

Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.

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How Do You (Write About How You) Teach? Developing A Philosophy of Teaching Statement As A Graduate Student

Professor Mary Channen Caldwell, Music
Apr 12 2018 : 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Lerner Center, 3rd Floor Conference Room
Maria Ryan, CTL Graduate Fellow, Music

All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the Music department and so may be most useful to students in related fields.

Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.

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An Interdisciplinary Approach to Teaching

Professors Sigal Ben-Porat, Education with secondary appt. in Political Science and Rogers Smith, Political Science with seconary appt. in Education
Apr 09 2018 : 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Stiteler Hall Forum
Mark Lewis, CTL Graduate Fellow, Education and Danielle Hanley, CTL Graduate Fellow, Political Science

In interdisciplinary courses, an instructor's experience, students' interests and backgrounds, and the goals of the course may all overlap in unpredictable ways. How can these courses successfully meet the needs of all students? This workshop addresses the teaching challenges of interdisciplinary courses and classrooms. 

All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the Education and Political Science departments and so may be most useful to students in related fields.

Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.

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Creating a Trans-Inclusive Classroom

Dr. Erin Cross, Director LGBT Center and Education
Apr 24 2018 : 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm
CTL/OLI Seminar Room, 134 Van Pelt Library

Transgender/non-binary/gender nonconforming people now comprise 3% of Penn’s student population, but many of us are unsure about how to best support transgender students in our classrooms. Erin Cross, Director of the LGBT Center and Instructor at the Graduate School of Education, will lead this discussion about honoring transgender identities and related best practices. Bring ideas, questions, and successful methods to share around responses to misgendering, pronouns, and more.  

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Teaching SAIL Courses

Professor Ann Farnsworth-Alvear, History
Apr 24 2018 : 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
College Hall 209
Chelsea Chamberlain, CTL Graduate Fellow, History

All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the History department and so may be most useful to students in related fields.

Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.

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Talking Abour Your Teaching

Professor Nikhil Anand, Anthropology
Apr 03 2018 : 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Penn Museum Room 345
Diego Arispe-Bazan, CTL Graduate Fellow, Anthropology

All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the Anthropology department and so may be most useful to students in related fields.

Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.

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Teaching Social Theory

Professor Kathy Hall
Mar 29 2018 : 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Penn Museum Room 345
Diego Arispe-Bazan, CTL Graduate Fellow, Anthropology

All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the Anthropology department and so may be most useful to students in related fields.

Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.

Contact: for more information.

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