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Start To Teach - day long session

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Birkbeck University of London

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Start Teaching is a one day course for PhD students with no previous experience of teaching or assisting teaching.

By the end of the session you should be able to:

  • Understand the role of a Graduate Teaching Assistant or demonstrator within Birkbeck, and in HE more broadly
  • Develop basic skills in giving explanations and instructions, and basic classroom management skills


Programme

10.00 - 10.15 Welcome and Introductions

10.15 - 11.15 The role of a GTA at Birkbeck

Group discussion to unpack the nature and primary tasks of the role of a GTA

Identification of:

  • Types of instructional talk
  • Professionalism
  • Main tasks in preparing and delivering a seminar/workshop
  • Nature of Birkbeck students

11.15 - 11.30 Coffee Break

11.30 - 13:00 Explanations

  • Understand the need to make an explanation clear and accessible
  • Practise responding to ‘student’ questions
  • Practise giving peer feedback on teaching performance
  • Develop an understanding of how to anticipate difficulties and how to listen effectively in order to diagnose student (mis)conceptions (Assessment for Learning practices)

13.00 - 13.45 Lunch

13.45 - 14.25 Leading a discussion / developing a dialogue

  • Identify aspects of tutor’s behaviour, and organisational skills which impact on student engagement in the classroom

14.30 - 14.30 Managing challenges

  • Discuss and evaluate different strategies for managing challenging behaviour – with a specific focus on pedagogical strategies and classroom management strategies
  • Develop an initial understanding of cases when referral to your line manager might be required

15.30 - 16.00 Debriefing, Open Question Forum, Closing Remarks


Research Categories:

A1 Knowledge base

B3 Professional and Career Development

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