Teaching Conference Highlights: January 2014

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Each semester, the GSI Center sponsors a campuswide teaching conference to prepare first-time GSIs for teaching. On this page you will find highlights from the most recent teaching conference, which took place on January 24, 2014.

Keynote address by Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton: Growing Our Students’ Intelligence

Comments from GSIs Attending the Conference

“This conference brought up a lot of issues I hadn’t thought of and gave me a lot of ideas for the upcoming semester.” (Mechanical Engineering)

“It was really interesting and engaging. Filled with useful tips.” (Public Policy)

“The opening lecture was great. Such discussions of pedagogy [and the] psychology of learning are quite useful.” (History)

“Feeling more confident. I’m glad this is a requirement.” (City Planning)

“Very informative and productive.” (Anthropology)

Conference Schedule

9:00–9:45 Plenary Session

Opening Remarks – Linda von Hoene, Director, GSI Teaching & Resource Center

Welcome – Andrew Szeri, then Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate Division, UC Berkeley

Faculty Keynote Presentation by Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Greater Good Science Center

10:00–12:00 Discipline-Cluster Workshops Part 1

Workshops addressed getting started as a GSI, conducting the first day of class, strategies to enhance learning, and time management

12:45–2:00 Discipline-Cluster Workshops Part 2

Continuation of morning workshops

2:10–3:30 Focus Sessions

Sessions included GSI Reflections on Teaching, Facilitating Discussion Sections, Giving Oral Presentations, Strategies for Effective and Efficient Grading, and more