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From Zoom Rooms to Classrooms: A Hybrid Fall Teaching Conference

From Zoom Rooms to Classrooms: A Hybrid Fall Teaching Conference

September 3, 2021

Planning the Fall Teaching Conference this summer felt like building an airplane while flying it: we knew we would be teaching in person, but the continually changing circumstances required us, like all instructors teaching this fall, to be intentional yet flexible in our planning. We had so many questions to consider: How should we prepare graduate student TFs to teach in physical classrooms? How could we most effectively apply the lessons we learned from our fully online conference in 2020 to this new “hybrid” moment of transition? How could we meet the needs of both new and experienced TFs facing another unprecedented semester?

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2021 Aug 18

Fall Teaching Conference: Fundamentals Cohort 2 Kickoff

2:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: 

Online

During this 3-day synchronous training, graduate student teachers will have the chance to explore, discuss, and practice the fundamentals of teaching in more depth, and share ideas and strategies in a cohort of peers.

*Note: this is the first of 3 training sessions for this cohort.*

This session is part of the Fall Teaching Conference, which is designed to prepare new and experienced graduate student teachers for their roles as Teaching Fellows in the FAS. Sessions are capped and pre-registration is required....

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2021 Aug 18

Fall Teaching Conference: Fundamentals Cohort 1 Kickoff

9:30am to 11:00am

Location: 

Online

During this 3-day synchronous training, graduate student teachers will have the chance to explore, discuss, and practice the fundamentals of teaching in more depth, and share ideas and strategies in a cohort of peers.

*Note: this is the first of 3 training sessions for this cohort.*

This session is part of the Fall Teaching Conference, which is designed to prepare new and experienced graduate student teachers for their roles as Teaching Fellows in the FAS. Sessions are capped and pre-registration is required....

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2021 Aug 23

Fall Teaching Conference: Back Again Session

Repeats every week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday until Thu Aug 26 2021 .
11:15am to 12:15pm

11:15am to 12:15pm
11:15am to 12:15pm
11:15am to 12:15pm

Location: 

Online or Sever Hall (see schedule)

Graduate student teachers are invited to join these facilitated discussions to consider key issues as we transition back to campus and to in-person teaching. Back Again sessions will run daily from August 23 to August 26.

This session is part of the Fall Teaching Conference, which is designed to prepare new and experienced graduate student teachers for their roles as Teaching Fellows in the FAS. Sessions are capped and pre-registration is required. Learn more ...

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2021 Aug 23

Fall Teaching Conference: Practice Teaching Session

Repeats every week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday until Thu Aug 26 2021 .
4:00pm to 5:00pm

4:00pm to 5:00pm
4:00pm to 5:00pm
4:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: 

Online or Sever Hall (see schedule)

Graduate student teachers are invited to take advantage of the opportunity to practice presenting a short lesson and get feedback from an experienced facilitator and a small group of your peers. Practice teaching sessions will run daily from August 23 to August 26.

This session is part of the Fall Teaching Conference, which is designed to prepare new and experienced graduate student teachers for their roles as Teaching Fellows in the FAS. Sessions are capped and pre-registration is required. Learn more...

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2021 Aug 26

Fall Teaching Conference Workshop: Soft Skills for Hard Times: Community and Communication in the Classroom

2:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: 

Sever Hall

Pamela Pollock, Director of Professional Development, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning

As a PhD student, you likely take for granted a lot of the spaces and routines of academic life, whether it’s the way you use footnotes, the norms and rules of a lab, how you read an article in your discipline, or even how you prepare for and participate in class. As a Teaching Fellow, how do you manage making these norms transparent, while also helping your students feel welcome and ready to learn in your classroom? In many ways, being a TF is like being a host—...

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2021 Aug 26

Fall Teaching Conference Workshop: Responding to Student Writing Efficiently and Effectively

12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

Sever Hall

Jonah Johnson, Assistant Director for Writing Pedagogy, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning; Head Preceptor in the Writing Program

Have you graded a thousand papers and need some new ideas? Or is grading papers totally new to you? Are you worried about how much time you spend grading? Or how to ensure that your feedback is accurate, consistent, and useful for your students? In this session we’ll discuss best practices for responding to student writing, which will help you grade that next stack of papers more efficiently and effectively. We’ll discuss general...

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2021 Aug 26

Fall Teaching Conference Workshop: Teaching in Labs: Models for Setting Goals and Prioritizing Time and Material

12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

Sever Hall

Yasemin Kalender, Assistant Director, Science Pedagogy, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning

Leading laboratory sections can often be one of the most fun and rewarding ways to teach and engage with students. This session is designed to prepare you to lead laboratory sections with confidence. How can you ensure that each student feels at home in the lab? How do you use the lab space and time to maximize student learning? How should you organize your pre-lab talk to the students, and should you save certain tips for later? Should you emphasize the students’...

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2021 Aug 26

Fall Teaching Conference Workshop: Problem Solving in STEM Classes: Engaging Your Students in Section

9:30am to 11:00am

Location: 

Sever Hall

Yasemin Kalender, Assistant Director, Science Pedagogy, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning

Problem solving is a central activity in science, engineering, and math classes. In this workshop, designed for both new and experienced TFs in the STEM disciplines, we will explore strategies for teaching with problems. How and why might you encourage students to work in groups to solve problems? How can you enable a variety of students to participate and share their answers and ideas with the class? This workshop will provide you with practical methods for...

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2021 Aug 26

Fall Teaching Conference Workshop: Let's Discuss! Making Discussion Meaningful and Engaging

9:30am to 11:00am

Location: 

Sever Hall

Rebecca Miller Brown, Assistant Director, Graduate Student Programming, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning
Julia Judge Mulhall, Bok Pedagogy Fellow 

What makes for an effective discussion in your discipline? How do you balance your goals for the session with student questions and interests? What are strategies you can use to encourage participation from all corners of the class? Join us for a discussion of these and other questions about how to make discussion more meaningful and engaging. We’ll play with the various moves people...

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2021 Aug 25

Fall Teaching Conference Workshop: Harvard Undergraduate Perspectives: A Panel for International TFs

12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

Online

Sarah Emory, Assistant Director, International Teachers and Scholars, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning
with an experienced panel of undergraduate Culture and Communication Consultants

Are you a TF who received your undergraduate degree at an institution outside the U.S.? How might the undergraduate experience at Harvard differ from your own experience? What does it mean to be a teaching fellow (TF) and what do Harvard undergraduates expect from TFs? In...

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2021 Aug 25

Fall Teaching Conference Workshop: Instructor, Project Manager, Advocate, Mentor, Judge: Being a Head TF

12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

Online

Adam Beaver, Director of Pedagogy, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning

Want to learn more about how to be an effective Head Teaching Fellow? Looking for a forum to talk through what it’s like to work closely with your coursehead, and to coordinate a larger teaching team? Wondering what is (or isn’t) your responsibility, and where to get help? Join the Bok Center’s Director of Pedagogy and veteran Head TFs for a wide-ranging, informal discussion about the ins and outs of the job. 

This session is part of the Fall Teaching Conference,...

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2021 Aug 24

Fall Teaching Conference Workshop: Understanding Title IX and Professional Conduct as a Teaching Fellow

3:30pm to 5:00pm

Location: 

Online

Seth Avakian, Program Officer for Title IX and Professional Conduct for the FAS
Danielle Farrell, Director of Student Services, GSAS

This session will address principles of professional conduct and classroom management for teachers as it relates to Title IX responsibilities and Harvard’s commitment to gender equity.  We’ll discuss how one balances Harvard University’s commitment to the free exchange of ideas while maintaining a safe and healthy educational and work environment in which no member of the community is on the basis of sex, including...

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2021 Aug 24

Fall Teaching Conference Workshop: Teaching with Presence

12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

Sever Hall

Erika Bailey, Head of Voice and Speech, American Repertory Theater; Lecturer on Theater, Dance & Media

We spend most of our time preparing for class by focusing on what we need to cover— what we need to SAY. But are we actually reaching our students? Our physical as well as our vocal presence play an integral role in our ability to communicate our ideas and engage students. This year, after more than a year of being physically distant from each other and teaching within the confines of a Zoom square, we will also be re-introduced to the possibilities of sharing...

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