Workshops

PFs and post itsWe offer workshops for PhD students and instructors at all stages on a wide range of topics in teaching, learning, and communication, including public speaking, communicating your research, active learning and inclusive teaching, teaching with images and objects, using feedback to improve your teaching, and writing a teaching statement. In addition to the workshops we host at the Bok Center, we welcome requests to design and deliver custom workshops for specific audiences.

2022 Jan 19

Hit the Ground Running: A Discussion for New TFs

9:30am to 11:30am

Location: 

Zoom

Led by:
Pamela Pollock, Director of Professional Development
Rebecca Miller Brown, Assistant Director, Graduate Student Programming

Are you a new Teaching Fellow, wondering how to prepare for your first semester of teaching? PhD students who have completed the self-study modules on our Hit the Ground Running Canvas site are invited to this interactive workshop where we will review key components of each core module, starting with...

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2022 Jan 19

Using Growth Mindset to Improve Teaching and Learning

12:30pm to 2:30pm

Location: 

Zoom

Led by:
Yasemin Kalender, Assistant Director, Science Pedagogy

Growth mindset—the belief that your skills and intelligence are malleable and can be improved with hard work and practice—has been shown to be a vital aspect of learning. In this session, we will focus on developing a growth mindset for ourselves and for our students, and why both are important. It is often all too easy to think of ourselves as finished products with set skills, but this can hinder our attempts to be willing to learn new knowledge and skills. Fostering a “growth mindset”...

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2022 Jan 19

Teaching and Learning in Community: A Roundtable Discussion with Experienced Teaching Fellows

3:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Zoom

Led by:
Julia Judge Mulhall, Bok Pedagogy Fellow and PhD Student in Classics, with other experienced TFs

Developing as a teacher means learning from yourself, and your peers, as well as having some teaching mentors. In this interactive panel discussion, explore key topics in teaching with experienced TFs. They will discuss their approaches to 1) organization and time management, 2) working on a teaching team, 3) building rapport, connecting with students and working to build an inclusive classroom, and 4) how your own identity as a teacher affects your...

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2022 Jan 20

Becoming a Critically Reflective Practitioner

9:30am to 11:30am

Location: 

Zoom

Led by:
Pamela Pollock, Director of Professional Development

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 these questions and build...

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2022 Jan 20

Reading: The Most Impressive Thing You Can Teach?

12:30pm to 2:30pm

Location: 

Zoom

Led by:
Adam Beaver, Director of Pedagogy

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 reading looks...

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2022 Jan 20

How to Get Students from Reading and Discussing to Writing

3:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: 

Zoom

Led by:
Jonah Johnson, Assistant Director, Writing Pedagogy

From an instructor’s perspective, students’ progress from “doing the readings” to “turning in the paper” can feel like a black box: How do reading and class discussion turn into words on the page? In this session, we will bring that process out into the light, modeling practical approaches to writing assignments that will help your students engage with every stage of the writing process—from class discussion itself to formulating a possible thesis to working with evidence to other pre-draft...

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2022 Jan 21

From Reflection to Design: Backward Design and the Syllabus

9:30am to 11:30am

Location: 

Zoom

Led by:
Eleanor Finnegan, Assistant Director, Faculty Programming

What are the goals of a course, and how does it fit into a discipline? What are the different components and how do they fit together? Done well, a good syllabus can be a road map, a contract, and a guide for both instructors and students. This workshop introduces a method of curriculum planning called backwards design. The idea is simple: you can’t start planning how you’re going to teach until you know what you want your students to learn. Together we’ll look at sample syllabi to...

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2022 Jan 21

Classroom Culture and Communication for International TFs

12:30pm to 2:30pm

Location: 

Zoom

Led by:
Sarah Emory, Assistant Director, International Teachers and Scholars

What role does culture play in the classroom? What are the classroom norms at Harvard and how might undergraduate education here differ from your own experiences? In this interactive workshop, we will explore teaching and learning across cultures by reflecting on culture and its impact on classroom interactions like participating in discussions, presenting information, asking questions, building rapport, giving and receiving feedback, or even handling conflict. We will...

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2022 Jan 21

Visual Communication

3:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: 

Zoom

Led by:
Marlon Kuzmick, Director of the Learning Lab, and Learning Lab Staff

How do you use visuals to help your audience develop a schema to understand your work? In this session, you will explore how to communicate your work visually, and how visuals communicate structure to help your audience understand the main idea, whether you are teaching or presenting your research. You will explore the different roles visuals can play in a talk, analyze examples, learn some key principles of visual design, and practice with different tools to...

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You can request tailored workshops for a department, a departmental pedagogy course, a course teaching staff, or your students. We can customize the message and the activities of the workshop to the particular needs of your group.

Please complete the form at right to request a custom workshop. If you have any questions about our workshops, please contact Pamela Pollock.

NB: Our Undergraduate Pedagogy Fellows also offer a custom workshop on The Multiplicity of Harvard Undergraduate Identities; please visit that page to request an undergraduate-led workshop.