The Bok Center sponsors a Fall Teaching Conference and Winter Teaching Week each year. These pre-semester conferences offer new Teaching Fellows a chance to prepare for the semester, as well as for more experienced teachers and scholars to continue to develop their skills and to explore areas of interest in teaching and learning.
Fall Teaching Conference
Held over two days with programming geared toward new and experienced graduate student teachers at Harvard, the Fall Teaching Conference features workshops and sessions led by experts from across the university. Day 1 of the Conference features programming for new Teaching Fellows, and Day 2 features programming for new and experienced Teaching Fellows.
View the 2017 Fall Teaching Conference Schedule
Teaching Fundamentals for New Teaching Fellows
The first day of the Fall Teaching Conference focuses on the fundamentals of teaching undergraduate sections at Harvard. There are two tracks: the Humanities/Qualitative Social Sciences track, which focuses on leading discussion sections in related disciplines, and the STEM/Quantitative Social Sciences track, which focuses on the kinds of sections typically found in STEM courses. At the end of the day, there will be an undergraduate panel discussing various teaching strategies they have found helpful in their classes at Harvard, followed by Q and A from the audience.
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|8:30–9:00||Registration & Breakfast, Sever Hall|
|9:00-9:30||Welcome and Plenary: Robert Lue, Professor of the Practice of Molecular and Cellular Biology; Richard L. Menschel Faculty Director of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning|
|9:30-10:45||Humanities and Qualitative Social Sciences, Part I||STEM and Quantitative Social Sciences, Part I|
|10:45-11:00||Break, Sever Hall Lobby|
|11:00-12:15||Humanities and Qualitative Social Sciences, Part II||STEM and Quantitative Social Sciences, Part II|
|12:15-1:00||Lunch, Sever Hall Quadrangle Tent|
|1:00-2:15||Humanities and Qualitative Social Sciences, Part III||STEM and Quantitative Social Sciences, Part III|
|2:15-2:30||Break, Sever Hall Lobby|
|2:30-3:30||What Helps Students Learn: An Undergraduate Perspective|
Sessions for New and Experienced Teaching Fellows
The second day of the Fall Teaching Conference offers both new and experienced Teaching Fellows additional training and professional development sessions to expand your repertoire of strategies and techniques for effective teaching. Don’t forget the Teaching Resource Fair, Raffle and Ice-Cream Social!
|8:30–9:00||Registration & Breakfast, Sever Hall|
|Humanities/Qualitative Social Sciences||STEM/Quantitative Social Sciences||Communication Skills||All||All|
Teaching Transparently: How to Make Your Students Better Readers
Facilitating Active Learning in a STEM Classroom
Developing a Teaching Portfolio
Power, Privilege, and Identity in the Classroom
Assessment in the Classroom: Using Formative Assessment to Enhance Learning and Improve Practice
|10:30-10:45||Break, Sever Hall Lobby|
Leading Discussions like a Pro
Problems and P-Sets: Creating and Teaching Questions in STEM
Visual Teaching: Quick Tips on Multimedia Creation and Visual Communication
International Teaching Fellows: Teaching Across Borders and Boundaries
Teaching in General Education
|12:00-1:00||Lunch, Sever Hall Quadrangle Tent|
Responding to Student Writing Efficiently and Effectively
Teaching in Labs
Maximize Your Impact: Reaching Your Students with Your Voice, Body, and the Space
A Wealth of Knowledge: Making the Most of Harvard Library
Title IX and Professional Conduct
|2:30-3:30||TEACHING RESOURCE FAIR, RAFFLE & MAKE-YOUR-OWN-SUNDAE BAR, SEVER HALL QUADRANGLE TENT|
Winter Teaching Week
Winter Teaching Week is a series of intensive workshops offered during J-Term in conjunction with January@GSAS for graduate student teachers at every stage, from just starting out to looking toward the job market. These workshops feature specialists from the Bok Center and other units at Harvard and span a variety of subject areas, including: teaching fundamentals, public speaking, professional development, and more! Pre-registration is mandatory.
View the 2018 Winter Teaching Week Schedule
Teaching as Public Speaking with Pamela Pollock
Digital Teaching with Jeff Emanuel, Rebecca Miller and Jeremy Guillette
Assessment in the Classroom: Using Formative Assessment to Enhance Learning and Improve Practice with Courtney Hall and Pauline Carpenter
12pm-1:30pm (Lunch will be provided)
CANCELED - Take My Course... Please! Lessons from Comedy for Teachers with Adam Beaver
Problem-Solving in STEM: Engaging your Students in Section with Tamara Brenner and Marty Samuels
Hit the Ground Running, Parts I and II with Pamela Pollock and Rebecca Miller
Diversity in STEM: How to Foster an Inclusive Classroom with Marty Samuels and Tamara Brenner
Undergraduate Perspectives on Teaching and Learning with Amymarie Bartholomew and Pamela Pollock
Designing a Syllabus from Scratch with Adam Beaver
Teaching in General Education with Laura Hess, Associate Director for the Program in General Education and The Pedagogy Fellows in General Education
Title IX and Professional Conduct with Seth Avakian
From Implicit to Explicit: Identity & Power Dynamics in the Classroom with Noelle Lopez and Eleanor Craig
Check out our TF Handbook!
The Bok Center's Hit the Ground Running is a great place to start when you have questions about who your students are, their expectations of their Teaching Fellows, how to create an inclusive classroom, how to structure a lesson plan, and much more! Read it online, or stop by the Bok Center to pick up a hard copy. Copies are distributed at the Fall Teaching Conference and Winter Teaching Week.