TA Training Workshops

Each quarter, the TA Training Program offers introductory teaching workshops useful to both North and South Campus graduate students. All of our workshops are held in small-group settings, with hands-on activities and lots of time for questions and discussion. Whether you are a current TA or would like to TA in the future, please join us to learn new strategies and skills for the classroom. These workshops are offered throughout each quarter.

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Join us for one or all of the following workshops. Space is limited, so please register now! Scroll to the bottom of this page for detailed descriptions of each workshop.

How Students Learn (Friday, 1/11, 12:30–2:00 p.m.)

Creating Inclusive Classrooms (Tuesday, 1/15, 4:00–5:30 p.m.)

Active Learning Strategies for STEM Discussion Sections (Wednesday, 1/16, 12:30–2:00 p.m.)

Nuts & Bolts of Lesson Planning (Wednesday, 1/23, 12:30–2:00 p.m.)

Creating Inclusive Classrooms (Friday, 1/25, 12:30–2:00 p.m.)

Assessment & Grading: Measuring Student Achievement in the Classroom (Tuesday, 2/26, 12:30–2:00 p.m.)

Creating Inclusive Classrooms (Wednesday, 2/27, 12:30–2:00 p.m.)

Stress & Anxiety Toolkit (Tuesday, 3/5, 12:30–2:00 p.m.) 


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Discussion sections are often the most rewarding part of a class. Yet, as moderators of these discussions, TAs are often terrified that they will be staring at blank faces for an hour. Participants will take home strategies for eliciting participation from reluctant students, developing procedures for stimulating thoughtful discussion, and keeping discussions going beyond the classroom. 

How much are your students actually learning in your classroom? In this workshop, we will discuss various assessment techniques to help you evaluate student growth. You will learn to identify appropriate ways to evaluate student knowledge and develop a system for gauging your own effectiveness in the classroom. Additionally, we will identify and generate solutions to potential problems that can arise when grade-norming with other instructors.

This workshop will cover relevant research from psychology and education that addresses strategies to proactively set norms supportive of an inclusive classroom, and to respond to moments of friction in class. The focus of this training is intentionally broad: it will touch on inclusive pedagogical practices with respect to race/ethnicity, language, gender, religion, ideology, ability, nationality, etc. Instructors will be explicitly encouraged to reflect on how these inclusive practices can be applied inside and outside of their classes.

This workshop gives an overview of how students learn and teaching techniques that will help your students achieve their goals. Examine why material you’ve learned has stuck with you and the best ways to help your students hold onto the content you teach. We will discuss the merits of student-centered instruction and when to use it in your classrooms. Our focus will be on practical application. 

Need a break from mid-quarter pressures? Join a facilitator from UCLA's MoveWell for a workshop to gain a “kit” of simple strategies to ease stress and anxiety. Use these tools for self-care and to incorporate them into your sections as a TA. Learn somatic, mindful and arts-based methodologies. Stay grounded, tolerate discomfort better, and cultivate focus.

Good lesson plans mean more effective instruction that maximizes student learning. This workshop is designed to be useful to TAs in many fields. Participants will learn how to craft an effective lesson plan based on student-centered, specific, and measurable learning goals, and to revise lesson plans after teaching them so they can be used effectively in the future. This workshop will also help TAs understand how much they can cover in a section, and how to tailor lessons to students with diverse levels of experience in your discipline.