International Teachers and Scholars

2022 Aug 23

Fall Teaching Conference Roundtable - Leading Discussion-Based Sections

1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Hall

In this small-group discussion, join experienced TFs in the humanities and social sciences to discuss questions like, how do you prepare to lead a discussion-based section? What kinds of things can you do in class to keep students engaged? How do you give feedback? Participants will leave the session with tips and strategies for teaching in discussion-based sections. 

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. Pre-registration is...

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2022 Aug 25

Fall Teaching Conference Workshop - The Museum is Your Classroom

2:15pm to 3:30pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums

Rebecca Miller Brown, Assistant Director, Graduate Student Programming, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning
Jen Thum, Assistant Director of Academic Engagement and Assistant Research Curator, Harvard Art Museums

A Dutch landscape drawing to investigate climate change. Interwar prints to consider the lives of noncombatants. A Buddhist sculpture analyzed by medical students. Each semester, classes from disciplines across the university—on topics ranging from environmental science to poetry—engage with original works of art at the Harvard Art Museums...

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2022 Aug 25

Fall Teaching Conference Workshop - Visual Communication in the Classroom (Communication, Part 2)

2:15pm to 3:30pm

Location: 

Bok Learning Lab, 50 Church St. 3rd Floor

*Part of the Communication Track

Marlon Kuzmick, Director of the Learning Lab, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning
Christine D'Auria, Assistant Director of the Learning Lab, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning

How do you use visuals to help your audience develop a schema to understand your work? How can students use visuals as they develop their academic skills? In this session, you will explore how to communicate your work visually, and how visuals communicate structure to help your audience understand the...

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2022 Aug 25

Fall Teaching Conference Workshop - Engaging Audiences: Compelling Communication for Teachers and Scholars (Communication, Part 1)

1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Hall

*Part of the Communication Track

Marlon Kuzmick, Director of the Learning Lab, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning
Pamela Pollock, Director of Professional Development, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning

What makes communication effective and engaging? What components of communication are important to consider as you teach, give presentations, or share your research with different audiences?  How do you prepare what you want to say and how you want to say it? In this session, we will explore...

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2022 Aug 25

Fall Teaching Conference Workshop - Demystifying Diversity Statements

11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: 

Harvard Hall

*Part of the Professional Development Track (for experienced TFs)

Ashlie Sandoval, Assistant Director for Equity and Inclusion, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning

Though an increasing number of faculty search committees ask candidates to submit diversity statements, guidance about how to compose an effective statement—indeed, even about what they are and why they can be valuable to institutions and candidates’ own professional development—remains scarce. How can you approach writing a diversity statement,...

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2022 Aug 25

Fall Teaching Conference Workshop - Developing your Teaching Materials for the Job Market

10:15am to 11:15am

Location: 

Harvard Hall

*Part of the Professional Development Track (for experienced TFs)

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

Are you on or near the job market? Enthused or concerned about the prospect of assembling a teaching portfolio or writing a teaching statement, diversity statement, or syllabus? 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...

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2022 Aug 25

Fall Teaching Conference Workshop - Becoming a Critically Reflective Practitioner

10:15am to 11:15am

Location: 

Harvard Hall

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

We may wonder or worry about how we’re doing as teachers - but how do we know?! As scholars, we are always developing our research, but how do we think about learning and growing as a teacher? In this session, we will consider the nature of feedback as well as strategies for collecting it and using it to improve our practice. We will explore Stephen Brookfield’s lenses for reflective teaching - 1) self, 2) students, 3) colleagues, and 4) scholarship - to consider...

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2022 Aug 25

Fall Teaching Conference Workshop - Equitable and Inclusive Teaching

9:00am to 10:00am

Location: 

Harvard Hall

Ashlie Sandoval, Assistant Director for Equity and Inclusion, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning

Equitable and inclusive teaching requires that we (1) identify how social dynamics and systemic inequality pose barriers to advancing student learning and well-being and (2) develop practical strategies to address these dynamics in our classrooms and pedagogical approaches. In this session, we’ll start by considering common challenges to fostering equitable and inclusive learning environments. Then, we’ll explore an array of strategies to...

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2022 Aug 24

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

2:15pm to 3:30pm

Location: 

Harvard Hall

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

Is giving feedback on papers totally new to you? Or have you graded a thousand papers and need some new ideas? Are you worried about how much time you spend on comments and 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 give feedback and grade more efficiently and effectively. We’ll...

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2022 Aug 24

Fall Teaching Conference Workshop - Facilitating Active Learning in an Inclusive STEM Classroom

1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Hall

Tamara Brenner, Executive Director, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning

What can you do with your students during section to keep them engaged, thinking, and learning? How can you help them feel welcome and ready to learn?  In this session, we will explore the value of active learning in STEM classes, and model examples of how different types of activities can be used to teach various concepts.  Furthermore, we’ll examine how active learning can foster a more inclusive classroom, where all students can participate, feel welcomed, and develop...

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2022 Aug 24

Fall Teaching Conference Workshop - Teaching Across Disciplines

1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Hall

Eleanor Finnegan, Assistant Director, Faculty Programming, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning

As a graduate student, you may be asked to teach a course outside of your primary area of expertise—whether in a department or program different from your own, or in the Program in General Education. This can be a daunting prospect, but effective teaching ultimately is not just (or even primarily) about mastering or communicating a specific body of content. It is about rendering transparent to students the rules of the disciplinary game(s) they...

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2022 Aug 24

Fall Teaching Conference Workshop - Reading: The Most Impressive Thing You Can Teach?

10:15am to 11:15am

Location: 

Harvard Hall

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

What is a scholar in your discipline actually doing when they are “reading"? How did you learn to perform all of the moves that an effective reader performs? How can you help your students learn to do the same? In this session we will break down what it really means to “read” across our scholarly disciplines. We’ll deconstruct our own disciplinary reading practices, and brainstorm how students new to a discipline can learn to become more skilled readers in it. We’ll consider what novice...

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2022 Aug 24

Fall Teaching Conference Workshop - How Students Learn

10:15am to 11:15am

Location: 

Harvard Hall

Tamara Brenner, Executive Director, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning

How do students construct and organize knowledge? What strategies help students retain information and apply their knowledge to new situations? What factors influence student motivation? In this workshop, we will explore key ideas about what we know about how students learn and discuss strategies that you can apply to your own teaching.

This session is part of the Fall Teaching Conference, which is designed to prepare new and experienced graduate student teachers for...

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The Pedagogy Fellows leadership team: Rebecca Brown, Pamela Pollock, Adam Beaver, and Yasemin Kalender.

Pedagogy Fellows 2021-22: Year in Review

June 15, 2022

As we close the books on the academic year, we are taking stock of what we’ve learned, and planning for the coming year. Our programs always strive to reflect the current moment, as we adjust to the needs of each year of teaching. 2021–22 was the year of being “back again” on campus, of teaching with masks, and of getting used to being together in the classroom again. Perhaps none of the Bok Center’s programs felt more responsive to these new circumstances than the Pedagogy Fellows. Each year, approximately 34...

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