Looking for a Great Activity to Use in Your Classroom?

Don’t reinvent the wheel! These one-page, Teaching Effectiveness Award activities designed by GSIs are a gold mine of effective teaching practices. Peruse more than 200 essays by topic or by department and adapt them for use in your classroom.

Congratulations 2017 Award Recipients!

In April and May the campus celebrates outstanding GSIs and their outstanding faculty mentors. In addition, 14 of the outstanding GSIs received the Teaching Effectiveness Award for their essays on teaching strategies they have devised or adapted for their students. Recipient names and Teaching Effectiveness Award essays are posted on Continue Reading >>

Grading Student Work Fairly and Efficiently

GSIs can keep grading time manageable and maintain consistency among students and across sections by using grading rubrics. For step-by-step instructions and excellent overall advice about grading, see the Grading Student Work section of the online Teaching Guide GSIs.

R&C Workshop Added to Fall Series

Researchers in college composition and second-language acquisition have a lot to say about correction and feedback strategies on student papers, especially when improvement of student writing skills is the dominant objective. In this workshop, GSIs will explore some of the research and, using samples of student writing, work on feedback strategies that Continue Reading >>

Home Page Photo Information

In any given semester, about 2,000 GSIs are working with Berkeley students in studios, labs, and discussion sections. The work of GSIs on campus is essential to both the GSIs’ professional development and the education of Berkeley students. Peg Skorpinski photo. GSIs develop significant professional skills through teaching on campus. For Continue Reading >>

Inform Your Teaching with Research

What if you could tailor your teaching activities to the ways students learn best? A series of brief videos, Cognitive Principles for Effective Teaching, explains several cognitive factors that shape student learning and that instructors can factor into their work with students. Also on this topic, see the GSI Teaching Continue Reading >>

Late Semester Tips

Strategies for Exam Reviews GSIs share methods they have used to help students solidify their learning in preparation for exams: Playing Teacher: Adding Predictive Power to Students’ Toolboxes, Emily Hamilton (History) Instilling Effective Study Skills in Students: Start Early, Know Your Weaknesses, Jennifer McGuire (Integrative Biology) Encouraging Critical Thinking through Continue Reading >>

Congratulations Outstanding GSI Award Recipients!

Recipients of the 2015-2016 Outstanding GSI (OGSI) Award are to be honored at the annual OGSI Award Ceremony on Tuesday, May 3. Each year, recipients are nominated within their teaching departments. They receive certificates of distinction from the GSI Center, which also hosts the award ceremony. Currently-enrolled graduate students who receive the Continue Reading >>

Two New Grant Programs for R&C GSIs

GSIs teaching Reading and Composition courses may apply to two new grant programs aimed at supporting GSI professional development and GSI initiatives to create new features for their R&C courses. Details about the programs and application process are linked below: Daniel E. Koshland, Jr. Professional Self-Development Grant Daniel E. Koshland, Jr. Course Continue Reading >>