The GSI Teaching & Resource Center helps graduate students transition to teaching as GSIs at UC Berkeley and offers programs and services to assist graduate students in developing their teaching skills for future academic and nonacademic careers. We also work with faculty and departments to assist them in the mentoring and teaching preparation they offer graduate students.

This is a good time to review ways you can encourage students to engage actively in their learning. The online Teaching Guide for GSIs offers excellent strategies to use in a variety of GSI-led settings.

Active Learning Techniques
Group Work
Managing Lab Partners and Groups
Encouraging Participation
Asking Effective Questions
Pre-Lab Assignments
The Pre-Lab Introduction

In addition, many more GSI ideas on implementing participation, discussion, and group work strategies are linked in the Topical Index to Teaching Effectiveness Award Essays.


As a national leader in preparing graduate students for teaching, UC Berkeley was one of the first universities in the country to create a campuswide policy on the mentoring of graduate student instructors. This policy supports GSIs’ professional development as teachers and prepares them for the teaching they will do Continue Reading >>

Online Ethics Course
Still open for first-time GSIs needing to complete the course

Workshops on Teaching
Peer Exchange and Feedback on Statements of Teaching Philosophy
Wednesday, September 17, 2:00–3:30pm

Working with Student Writing
Monday, September 29, 12:00–1:30pm

Assessing Teaching and Learning
Tuesday, October 14, 3:00–4:30pm

Syllabus and Course Design
Monday, October 27, 3:00–4:30

Full Workshop List and Pre-Registration >>

Fall Meeting of Faculty Advisers for GSI Affairs
Thursday, October 16, 3:30–5:00pm