Graduate Students

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Close Encounters with Original Works of Art—Despite the Distance

May 8, 2020

When the Harvard Art Museums closed to the public just before Spring Break, it opened new doors in the online space. With numerous course collaborations scheduled for the remainder of the semester, the museums’ staff worked to transform gallery visits and classes in the Art Study Center into interactive visual learning experiences via Zoom.... Read more about Close Encounters with Original Works of Art—Despite the Distance

2020 Jun 05

Bok Seminar- Teaching and the Job Market: Getting from "TF" to "Colleague"

9:00am to 10:30am

Led by Adam Beaver and Eleanor Finnegan

Are you on or near the job market? Enthused or concerned about the prospect of assembling a teaching portfolio, writing a syllabus, or giving a teaching demonstration? Wondering what, exactly, a “teaching philosophy” is, and how you get one? While Harvard hopefully has given you opportunities to practice and receive feedback on your teaching, it is often the case that your career as a TF is shaped by forces beyond your control: that is to say, that you’ve taught in courses, in modalities, and with assignments set by someone else, which...

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2020 Jun 15

Bok Seminar- Speak Up! Pronunciation for International Teachers and Scholars

10:30am to 12:30pm

Led by Sarah Emory

As a non-native English speaking teacher or scholar, what are strategies you can apply to improve your intelligibility when speaking English? What are features of English pronunciation you can use to make it easy for others to follow you? This hands-on, interactive seminar is designed to help you assess your own pronunciation and provide focused practice on common issues that affect intelligibility. Each class, we will complete exercises and activities that highlight different pronunciation features such as intonation, word and sentence stress, pausing,...

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2020 Jun 09

Bok Seminar- Teaching with Purpose: Critical Pedagogy in a Time of Pandemic

1:00pm to 2:30pm

Led by Eleanor Craig and Noelle Lopez

What makes learning meaningful and empowering for students? How can we as teachers develop practices that reflect our social values and commitments? How do we support students in bridging life experience and rigorous study? Considering the realities of teaching during a time of pandemic, this seminar will engage these questions through the lens of critical pedagogy. We'll examine the emergence of critical pedagogy in particular contexts of social justice struggles, and we'll explore ways to bring critical power analysis to teaching in a...

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2020 Jun 08

Bok Seminar- Problems and PSets: Creating and Teaching Questions in STEM

3:00pm to 5:00pm

Led by Marty Samuels and Tamara Brenner

As a TF for a  STEM course, you may be confronted with the task of writing problem sets and exam questions. How should you approach this task?  In this seminar we will focus on developing problems and questions for science and math courses, with a special emphasis on how to adjust for remote instruction. We will explore best practices, focus on crafting meaningful problems that motivate student learning and are based on the concepts and skills taught in your class, and will practice and get feedback on teaching the problems...

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2020 Jun 09

Bok Seminar- Preparing to Teach

10:00am to 12:00pm

Led by Pamela Pollock and Rebecca Brown

What can new TFs do to get ready for the first day of class and beyond? In this seminar, you will practically prepare to teach for the first time, learn about resources available to you as you begin your teaching career, and build confidence in the process! Given the likelihood of remote teaching and learning in the fall, we will help new TFs explore best practices for traditional section teaching and consider how those translate to a remote setting, and how to accomplish your goals remotely, considering the use of both Zoom and Canvas...

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Lab 3D: The Success of Virtual Labs in OEB 126

May 4, 2020

When word came that courses would be moving online for the remainder of Spring 2020, Learning Lab Graduate Fellow Phil Fahn-Lai knew that the science course for which they are a Teaching Fellow would face a particular challenge. Labs in OEB 126: Vertebrate Evolution, taught by Prof. Stephanie E. Pierce, involve visits to the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology, where students view and interact with fossil specimens from the Museum’s Vertebrate Paleontology collection. The labs reinforce information learned...

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Apply Now: ABLConnect Teaching Innovator Prize

April 28, 2020

Have you used active learning in your classes? If so, ABLConnect wants to know about it!

If you have developed and used an active learning exercise in your class recently, we'd love for you to submit it to the ABLConnect Teaching Innovator Prize, which celebrates Harvard University instructors who develop and use active learning in their classrooms! This year we are especially interested in submissions related to remote learning....

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Bok Seminars Go Remote

April 27, 2020

As classes at Harvard went online, so too did Bok Seminars, short courses for PhD students covering a range of topics in teaching and learning, from course design to public speaking, taught by the Bok Center’s senior staff and fellows. Reframing our own seminars informed our experience helping faculty and TFs make the transition to teaching remotely. Like instructors across campus, we worried about time zones and students' technical challenges, and gained firsthand experience figuring out how to achieve our core goals under...

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Supporting Graduate Student Teachers Remotely

April 21, 2020

How do I move students to breakout rooms in my Zoom classroom? What activities can I do online to foster engagement? What can we do to help students feel included, cared for, and motivated to learn during a global crisis, when we also have to manage the disruption to our own lives?

Bok Center staff identified these and many other questions as we quickly mobilized to help graduate students prepare to teach remotely. In developing the most timely and impactful programming for TFs during the transition to online instruction, we were guided by our core values...

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Community for International Graduate Students

April 15, 2020

The Bok Center strives to be a place where teachers and scholars at all stages of their careers can find community, and it has been important to us to maintain that during these challenging times.

We have helped international graduate students stay connected through Community Check-ins: Connect and Chat, a drop-in conversation hour for international scholars and undergraduates to share ideas for teaching, learning, and living.... Read more about Community for International Graduate Students

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Lessons from Game Design: 3 Reasons to Add “Turns” to Your Online Class

April 14, 2020

As we are all gaining experience with remote teaching and learning, we are pleased to share a post on lessons from game design. Learning Lab Graduate Fellow Ceci Mancuso reflects on the mechanics that asynchronous online games use to connect players across the globe and what those mechanics can teach us about designing asynchronous experiences for our students.... Read more about Lessons from Game Design: 3 Reasons to Add “Turns” to Your Online Class

2020 Apr 30

STEM Journal Club

12:00pm to 1:15pm

Location: 

https://harvard.zoom.us/j/470650370

Please RSVP by the Monday of the meeting week.

For the schedule, readings, and to RSVP, visit: STEM Journal Club Canvas Site

Journal clubs meet biweekly during the academic year to examine recent literature in teaching and learning on various topics according to faculty interest. Faculty and graduate students are welcome to attend. Because journal club meetings are held over lunch, we request that participants RSVP in advance.

Our science education journal club...

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2020 Mar 26

Problem-based Sections (STEM)

11:00am to 12:00pm

Led by Marty Samuels, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning

Join this session to explore remote teaching resources together, have a chance to raise questions and hear ideas from other TFs, and try out the features of Zoom to see what your students will experience when you teach. This session will have a specific focus on issues that come up for...

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