Coffee Hour & Teaching Workshop Series

Come join fellow TAs and instructors discuss strategies and techniques that promote excellence in teaching and learning - bring your questions, concerns, and ideas - the coffee and pie will be provided! These workshops also count towards the PFF and/or PFP Certificates, as well as the Advanced PIE Teaching Training Recognition.

PIE students eat pie

 

Try one of our delicious pies! (selection varies)

*All PIE workshops will be held in the Great Hall, 4th floor of the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House

*PIE = Program for Instructional Excellence Advanced Teaching Training Recognition

*PFF = Preparing Future Faculty Certificate Program

*PFP = Preparing Future Professionals Certificate Program

*Please also note, The Office for Distance Learning (ODL) also offers workshops on teaching techniques & strategies that will assist with online teaching as well as face-to-face teaching. To view and register for these workshops (which also count for PFF/PFP/PIE credit) visit: https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=13235709

Fall 2017 PIE Workshops

Trigger Warning! Preparing to Teach Sensitive Topics  (PIE/PFF/PFP)

Description: At times the content we teach can trigger “hot moments” in the classroom. Come learn strategies to guide you & your class through these moments!

*Free PIE & Coffee Included!

When & Where: RESCHEDULED for THURSDAY 9/21 due to Hurricane IRMA!!! Friday, 9/8/17, 3:30-5 pm, the Great Hall, 4th floor, The Honors, Scholars and Fellows House

Presenters:  PIE Associates 

*Click here to register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_23vLev8hGloKRq5


Reflections from a First Time Teacher (PIE/PFF/PFP)

Description: Join us for suggestions, reflections, and support from TAs and instructors who’ve just recently completed their first semester of teaching.

*Free PIE & Coffee Included!

When & Where: CANCELLED DUE TO HURRICANE IRMA! Plan to reschedule in Spring 2018!  Thursday, 9/21/17, 3:30-5 pm, the Great Hall, 4th floor, The Honors, Scholars and Fellows House

Presenters: FSU Graduate Students


Exploring Your Diversity and Inclusivity Lens: An Interactive Workshop on Teaching  (PIE/PFF/PFP)

Description: This interactive workshop provides an opportunity for teaching assistants to explore ways to create culturally inclusive and academically rigorous learning environments. Participants will collaborate to role play various scenarios that assist instructors to develop and sustain equity pedagogies.

*Free PIE & Coffee Included!

When & Where: Monday, 10/9/17, 3:30-5 pm, the Great Hall, 4th floor, The Honors, Scholars and Fellows House

Special Guest Presenter: Rhonda Baynes Jeffries, PhD, Associate Professor, Instruction & Teacher Education, College of Education, University of South Carolina

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Dr. Rhonda Baynes Jeffries

Background

Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
A.B., Elon College

Research

Dr. Jeffries' research interests include understanding the educational experiences of marginalized people, and her work often examines educational phenomena through a performance theory lens.

Expertise

Curriculum studies, qualitative research methodologies, issues of diversity and social justice, and performance theory

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Planning Ahead -- Designing Classes that Promote Engagement  (PIE/PFF/PFP)

Description: Drawing from the book Teaching Naked Techniques, this workshop will explore ways to create massively better classrooms and incorporate surprises into your lesson plans. 

*Free PIE & Coffee Included!

When & Where: Wednesday, 11/1/17, 3:30-5 pm, the Great Hall, 4th floor, The Honors, Scholars and Fellows House

Presenters:  PIE Associates 

*Click here to register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_29rhBAm3Br972fP


Making Grading Manageable with Canvas  (PIE/PFF/PFP)

Description: Grading can be a time consuming task, whether your role is grader or instructor of record. Save time & come find out best practices for the Canvas grading system.

*Free PIE & Coffee Included!

When & Where: Thursday, 11/16/17, 3:30-5 pm, the Great Hall, 4th floor, The Honors, Scholars and Fellows House

Presenters:  PIE Associates 

*Click here to register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1FGT4K8EEdh8NQ9


A Post-Mortem on the Fall Semester  (PIE/PFF/PFP)

Description: We know the end of the semester is a chaotic time, but it’s also a great time to take a moment and reflect. Join us for a panel discussion on the successes and failures from the fall.

*Free PIE & Coffee Included!

When & Where: Tuesday, 12/5/17, 3:30-5 pm, the Great Hall, 4th floor, The Honors, Scholars and Fellows House

Presenters:  PIE Associates 

*Click here to register: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0erb6V8ZivtTXa5


Previous Workshops

 

Summer 2017 PIE Workshops

Creating Your Syllabus (PIE/PFF/PFP)

Description: Are you in the midst of preparing to teach in Summer C or the fall? Or are you working on a syllabus for a “dream course”? When you envision your syllabus, does it scream legal contract, invitation to a party, or roadmap for an adventure? Come and learn why the syllabus is the key to a successful semester. We’ll cover the basic do’s and don’ts of syllabus creation, how to add personality and humor to this typically dry document, and the specific requirements prescribed by FSU.

*Free PIE & Coffee Included!

When & Where: Thursday, 5/25/17, 3:30-5pm, the Great Hall, 4th floor, The Honors, Scholars and Fellows House

Presenters:  Kate Pierson, School of Theatre, PIE Associate & Dr. Lisa Liseno, Director of the Program for Instructional Excellence

*Registration now closed.


Teaching Sensitive Topics (PIE/PFF/PFP)

Description: Do you dread the days when you know you’ll be lecturing or discussing a sensitive topic in class? Do you ask yourself, what do I do if the conversation veers off course? At times the content we need to cover falls into the territory of controversial issues. While it’s impossible to predict when and how these moments might arise in class, we can do our best to prepare for them. Come and learn how to load your teaching toolbox with ideas on how to navigate these challenging moments!

*Free PIE & Coffee Included!

When & Where: Wednesday, 6/14/17, 3:30-5pm, the Great Hall, 4th floor, The Honors, Scholars and Fellows House

Presenters:  Haley Gentile, Sociology, PIE Associate, and OTAA Recipient, and Kate Pierson, School of Theatre, PIE Associate, and PIE Graduate Assistant

*Registration now closed.


Using Canvas to Teach (PIE/PFF/PFP)

Description: Have you heard–by spring 2018, FSU will no longer be using Blackboard. The university is currently in the process of transitioning to Canvas, as our new course management system. This summer some instructors are taking Canvas for a test drive. In anticipation of the switch, we want to know: what are the realities of using Canvas in your classroom? Join us for a panel discussion where we get the down and dirty details from those who have been using it this summer.  

*Free PIE & Coffee Included!

When & Where: Monday, 7/10/17, 3:30-5pm, the Great Hall, 4th floor, The Honors, Scholars and Fellows House

Presenters:  Jeffrey Conley, Economics, PIE Associate, Ramsey Mathews, English, PIE Associate, and Ana Ndumu, Information, PIE Associate

*Registration now closed.


Spring 2017 PIE Workshops

Maintaining Professional Classroom Relations. (PIE/PFF/PFP)

Description: Being a teaching assistant is more than course content and assessments. How do you handle situations that may make you or the student uncomfortable when the student-teacher line is blurred through non-academic contact or communication? This session will discuss setting the tone in your class and establishing boundaries.  In a nutshell:  Maintaining professional classroom relations."

*Free PIE & Coffee Included!

When & Where: Tuesday, 1/24/17, 3:30-5pm, the Great Hall, 4th floor, The Honors, Scholars and Fellows House

Presenters:  PIE Associates: Gokila Dorai, Computer Science, and Jeffrey Conley, Economics

*Registration now closed.


How to Create a Teaching Portfolio (PIE/PFF/PFP)

Description: Creating a teaching portfolio is an important way to illustrate the strategies and techniques you use to help support and encourage student learning. It also gives you the opportunity to reflect on your teaching and ways to improve for the future.  Not only is this a helpful exercise, but may be a requirement when applying for future employment. This workshop will show you how to assemble an electronic teaching portfolio. Requirements for the submission of teaching portfolios from nominees of FSU’s Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award (OTAA) will also be addressed.

*Free PIE & Coffee Included!

When & Where: Thursday, February 9th, 2017, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., and 3:30-5:00pm (this is the same session given at 2 different times), The Great Hall, 4th floor, The Honors, Scholars and Fellows House

Presenters PIE Associate and 2016 OTAA Recipient, Lacey Ritter, Sociology, and Dr. Lisa Liseno, Assistant Dean of The Graduate School & Director of the Program for Instructional Excellence and Fellows Society

*Registration now closed.


Go Big or Go Home: Activities for Large Classrooms (PIE/PFF/PFP)

Description: Do you ever wonder how to get those 70 students in your lecture to wake up and participate? Teaching a large number of students can be difficult because of space limits, classroom sizes, or even the layout of the room. This workshop will present a number of strategies and activities to facilitate engagement in classes with a large number of students, regardless of subject area.

*Free PIE & Coffee Included!

When & Where: Monday, 2/27/17, 3:30-5pm, The Great Hall, 4th floor, The Honors, Scholars and Fellows House

Presenters: PIE Associates, Mary Marcous, Philosophy, and Ashley Artese, Nutrition, Food & Exercise Sciences

*Registration now closed.


Formative Assessment and Review Strategies (PIE/PFF/PFP)

Description: Formative assessment strategies are effective ways of gauging ongoing student learning to provide feedback for both the student and teacher.  In this session, participants will discover ways of monitoring student learning and improving content mastery through timely feedback and purposeful review activities.  The presenters will provide tips for large and small classes in a variety of content areas.

*Free PIE & Coffee Included!

When & Where: Thursday, 3/23/17, 3:30-5pm, the Great Hall, 4th floor, The Honors, Scholars and Fellows House

Presenters: PIE Associates, Kate Hill, Biology, and Ana Ndumu, Information Science

**Registration now closed.


Engaging Students with Social Media, Apps & More! (PIE/PFF/PFP)

Description: Learn about and practice using social media, apps, and more to help you engage your students both in and out of the classroom. You need not be a tech expert - all levels of experience are welcome! Come join us, and bring your laptop if you can (we will also have some laptops available for you to use)!

*Free PIE & Coffee Included!

When & Where: Monday, 4/3/17, 3:30-5pm, the Great Hall, 4th floor, The Honors, Scholars and Fellows House

Presenter: Kendra Scholz, School of Communication

*Free PIE & Coffee Included!

*Registration now closed.


Creating Student-Centered Learning Environments (PIE/PFF/PFP)

Description: Student-centered learning environments shift the focus of classroom activity from teacher to students. Instead of treating students as passive receptacles, this workshop will teach you how to stimulate, engage and help them become active participants in their own education.

*Free PIE & Coffee Included!

When & Where: Wednesday, 4/19/17, 3:30-5pm, the Great Hall, 4th floor, The Honors, Scholars and Fellows House

Presenters: PIE Associates, Vincent Lakey, Physics, and David Jeffcoat, Chemistry

*Registration now closed.


Fall 2016 PIE Workshops

Developing Classroom Materials and Activities (PIE/PFF/PFP) [All Stages]

When: Thursday, September 8, 2016; 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Where: Great Hall, 4th floor of the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House

Presenters:  PIE Teaching Associates 

Description: Developing classroom materials and activities is vital to student learning and engagement, but can be challenging. In this session experienced TAs will share strategies and ideas for developing and assessing lesson plans and classroom activities. Bring your laptop so you can try out these new ideas during the workshop (we also will have some laptops available for participants to use)!

*Registration now closed.


Using Personal Response Systems to Encourage Critical Thinking in the Classroom (PIE/PFF/PFP) [All Stages]

When: Friday, September 23, 2016; 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Where: Great Hall, 4th floor of the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House

Presenters:  Dr. Lisa LisenoAssistant Dean, The Graduate School & Director, Program for Instructional ExcellenceZhaihuan DaiEducational Psychology & Learning Systems 

Description: Do you wish you knew how to use technology to teach, and to help your students learn? This workshop will introduce you to clicker technology, and demonstrate how to use it to give your students opportunities to think more deeply and critically about the material in order to learn – not just memorize!

*Registration now closed.


Engaging Students with Blogs, Wikis, and Social Media Tools (PIE/PFF/PFP) [All Stages]

When: Tuesday, October 11, 2016; 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Where: Great Hall, 4th floor of the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House

Presenters: PIE Teaching Associates 

Description: Learn about and practice using tools designed to help you engage your students both in and out of the classroom. You need not be a tech expert– come join us, and bring your laptop (we also will have some laptops available for participants to use)!

*Registration now closed.


Classroom Management (PIE/PFF/PFP)

When: Thursday, November 3, 2016; 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Where: Great Hall, 4th floor of the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House

Presenters:  PIE Teaching Associates 

Description: Discuss strategies for dealing effectively and professionally with difficult classroom situations, from student disruptions to how to cover sensitive topics. Demonstrations of how to handle common classroom issues will be included!

*Registration now closed.


Appreciating Student Diversity in the Classroom (PIE/PFF/PFP) [All Stages]

When: Wednesday, November 16, 2016; 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Where: Great Hall, 4th floor of the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House

Presenters:  Ella-Mae Daniel, Teaching Faculty II, School of Teacher Education 

Description: Have you thought about how to best deal with students’ values, beliefs, perspectives, and cultures that may differ from your own? This session will cover how to engage with a diverse student population, important crosscultural concepts, and communication strategies TAs can develop in order to be effective.

*Registration now closed.


Using Blackboard for Student Assessment/Grading (PIE/PFF/PFP)

When: Monday, December 5, 2016; 3:30-5:00 PM [All Stages]

Where: Great Hall, 4th floor of the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House

Presenters: PIE Teaching Associates

Description: Providing students with timely and useful feedback on assignments can be a daunting task, but the good news is that there are tools available to increase your efficiency and effectiveness. This workshop introduces participants to grading features on Blackboard. Bring your laptop so you can follow along during the workshop (we also will have some laptops available for participants to use)!

*Registration now closed.


Summer 2016 PIE Workshops


Role Reversal: The Undergrad Perspective on Pedagogy (PIE/PFF/PFP) [All Stages]

When: Monday, June 13, 2016; 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Where: Great Hall, 4th floor of the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House

Presenters: Kate Pierson, School of Theatre, PIE Associate; Tim Hart, Junior BA Theatre Major; Chloe Wilson, Junior BA Theatre and Editing Writing & Media Major

Description: Have you ever wondered what's going on inside the mind of your undergraduate students? What is it that they need and want from us as their instructors? The only way is to ask! Come join us as we swap roles and let two undergrads lead a workshop on creating a student-centered engaging classroom environment.


Small Changes for a Big Impact (PIE/PFF/PFP) [All Stages]

When: Wednesday, July 13, 2016; 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Where: Great Hall, 4th floor of the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House

Presenters: Kate Pierson, School of Theatre, PIE Associate, and Dr. Lisa Liseno, Assistant Dean of the Graduate School, and Director of the Program for Instructional Excellence and Fellows Society

Description: We all know the phrase "good things come in small packages," but when it comes to teaching can small changes really make a big impact? Yes! Building on James M. Lang's series from the Chronicle of Higher Ed., this workshop will offer a series of 5 minute activities and changes that will help improve class participation, facilitate deeper learning, and connect with your students.


Classroom Management (PIE/PFF/PFP)

When: Friday, May 13, 2016; 3:30-5:00 PM [All Stages]

Where: Great Hall, 4th floor of the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House

Presenters: PIE Associates: Ashley Artese, Department of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences, Ellie Fenton, Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics

Description: Learn about and discuss strategies for managing your classroom to keep students actively engaged. This workshop will also include strategies for dealing effectively and professionally with difficult classroom situations, from student disruptions to how to cover sensitive topics. In addition, ideas regarding how best to manage class time will be addressed.


Spring 2016 PIE Workshops

Using Personal Response Systems (Clickers) to Encourage Critical Thinking in the Classroom (PIE/PFF/PFP) [All Stages]

When: Friday, January 15, 2016; 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Where: Great Hall, 4th floor of the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House

Presenters: Dr. Lisa Liseno, Assistant Dean of the Graduate School, and Director of the Program for Instructional Excellence and Fellows Society; Zhaihuan Dai, PIE Program Graduate Assistant, Educational Psychology & Learning Systems

Description: Do you wish you knew how to use technology to teach, and to help your students learn? This workshop will introduce you to clicker technology, and demonstrate methods to use it to give your students opportunities to think more deeply and critically about the material in order to learn - not just memorize! Attendees will practice using strategies for encouraging critical thinking that can be utilized with or without this type of technology.


Improving Teaching and Learning for Better Course Evaluation (PIE/PFF/PFP) [All Stages]

When: Monday, January 25, 2016; 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Where: Great Hall, 4th floor of the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House

Presenters: PIE Teaching Associate, Brandon Brice (Economics)

Description: In this session you will learn how your course will be evaluated by your students, and how to improve your teaching for better course outcomes and evaluations. If you are preparing for your first class, or you are an experienced TA that would like to improve your evaluations, bring your questions to this workshop and allow our experienced TAs to assist you.


How to Create a Teaching Portfolio (PIE/PFF/PFP) [All Stages]

When: Thursday, February 4, 2016;

Session 1: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Session 2: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Where: Great Hall, 4th floor of the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House

Presenters: Dr. Lisa Liseno, Assistant Dean of the Graduate School, and Director of the Program for Instructional Excellence and Fellows Society, and PIE Associate, Allison Gibbes (Theatre)

Description: Creating a teaching portfolio is an important way to illustrate the strategies and techniques you use to help support and encourage student learning. It also gives you the opportunity to reflect on your teaching and ways to improve for the future. Not only is this a helpful exercise, but may be a requirement when applying for future employment. This workshop will show you how to assemble an electronic teaching portfolio. Requirements for the submission of teaching portfolios from nominees of FSU's Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award (OTAA) will also be addressed.


Go Big or Go Home: Activities for Large Classrooms (PIE/PFF/PFP) [All Stages]

When: Friday, February 26, 2016; 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Where: Great Hall, 4th floor of the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House

Presenters: PIE Teaching Associates, Mary Marcous (Philosophy), and Blair Thomas (Askew School of Public Administration and Policy)

Description: Do you ever wonder how to get those 70 students in your lecture to wake up and participate? Teaching a large number of students can be difficult because of space limits, classroom sizes, or even the layout of the room. This workshop will present a number of strategies and activities to facilitate engagement in classes with a large number of students, regardless of subject area.


Effective Communication in the Sciences (PIE/PFF/PFP) [All Stages]

When: Wednesday, March 23, 2016; 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Where: Great Hall, 4th floor of the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House

Presenters: Nathan Crock, Scientific Computing , PIE Associate, and Dr. Joab Corey, Associate Teaching Professor, Economics

Description: Being an engaging instructor is no easy feat. Doing so while teaching science or mathematics can be even more difficult. Join us while we discuss helpful tools and techniques to transform your classroom into a lively interactive learning environment!


Creating Student-Centered Learning Environments (PIE/PFF/PFP) [All Stages]

When: Tuesday, April 5, 2016; 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Where: Great Hall, 4th floor of the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House

Presenters: PIE Teaching Associates, Kate Carnevale (Chemistry & Biochemistry), and Sarah Wilcoxon (Dance)

Description: Student-centered learning environments shift the focus of classroom activity from teacher to students. Instead of treating students as passive receptacles, this workshop will teach you how to stimulate, engage and help them become active participants in their own education.


Fall 2015 PIE Workshops

Classroom Management (PIE/PFF/PFP)

When: Thursday, September 10, 2015; 3:30-5:00 PM [All Stages]

Where: Great Hall, 4th floor of the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House

Presenter: PIE Teaching Associates

Description: Learn about and discuss strategies for dealing effectively and professionally with difficult classroom situations, from student disruptions to how to cover sensitive topics. Ideas regarding how best to manage class time will also be addressed.


Using Personal Response Systems (Clickers) to Encourage Critical Thinking in the Classroom (PIE/PFF/PFP) [All Stages]

When: Wednesday, September 23, 2015; 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Where: Great Hall, 4th floor of the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House

Presenter: Dr. Lisa Liseno, Assistant Dean of the Graduate School, and Director of the Program for Instructional Excellence and Fellows Society; Zhaihuan Dai, PIE Program Graduate Assistant, Educational Psychology & Learning Systems

Description: This workshop will introduce you to clicker technology, and demonstrate how to use it to give your students opportunities to think more deeply and critically about the material in order to learn -not just memorize!


Question Handling in the Classroom for International (and all) TAs (PIE/PFF/PFP) [All Stages]

When: Monday, October 5, 2015;

Session One: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM; Session Two: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Where: Great Hall, 4th floor of the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House

Presenter: PIE Teaching Associates

Description: Handling questions in the classroom can be very challenging. This workshop will teach you how to create a question-friendly atmosphere, clarify what is actually being asked, negotiate answering a question, and maintain focus in the classroom. Question-handling concerns specific to TAs whose first language is not English will also be discussed.


Using Rubrics on Blackboard for Student Assessment (PIE/PFF/PFP) [All Stages]

When: Tuesday, October 20, 2015; 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Where: Great Hall, 4th floor of the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House

Presenter: John Braswell, Instructional Technology Administrator, Office for Distance Learning

Description: Providing students with timely and useful feedback on assignments can be a daunting task, but the good news is that there are tools available to increase your efficiency and effectiveness. This workshop introduces participants to the inline grading and rubric features of Blackboard.


Developing Classroom Materials and Activities (PIE/PFF/PFP) [All Stages]

When: Friday, November 6, 2015; 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Where: Great Hall, 4th floor of the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House

Presenters: PIE Associates, Briana Carroll (Psychology & Neuroscience), and Ashley Artese (Nutrition, Food, and Exercise Sciences)

Description: Developing classroom materials and activities is vital to student learning and engagement, but can be challenging. In this session experienced TAs will share strategies and ideas for developing and assessing lesson plans and classroom activities.


Summer 2015 PIE Workshops

Not-So-New Media: Teaching Online (PIE/PFF/PFP)

When: Wednesday, May 20, 2015; 3:30-5:00 PM [All Stages]

Where: Great Hall, 4th floor of the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House

Presenter: Dr. Joseph Clark, Assistant Director for Instructional Development, Office of Distance Learning

Description: Asynchronous online courses can be a technical and pedagogical challenge. This session will provide an overview of best practices for setting up and delivering online courses at FSU: updating course sites, arranging for proctored exams, developing materials and assignments, using TurnItIn, and establishing good communication with students. Participants are encouraged to share their own experiences with online instruction.


Keeping Students Engaged (PIE/PFF/PFP) [All Stages]

When: Thursday, June 18, 2015; 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Where: Great Hall, 4th floor of the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House

Presenter: PIE Program Graduate Assistant Holly Widen, Department of Geography

Description: Join us as we collaboratively brainstorm ways to jumpstart your classroom through activities, student-centered discussions, and creating an engaging environment.


Time Management: How Can I Do Everything? (PIE/PFF/PFP) [All Stages]

When: Tuesday, July 7, 2015; 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Where: Great Hall, 4th floor of the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House

Presenter: Holly Hunt, Assistant Teaching Faculty, Academic Center for Excellence

Description: Graduate teaching assistants must learn to wear several hats at the same time: student, teacher, family member, and friend. Striking a healthy balance among these roles can be challenging. It may often seem like there's not nearly enough time in the day to do all that needs to be done, let alone time to dedicate to playing each of these roles. This session will introduce graduate students to strategies and tools that can be used to more efficiently manage one's time on a monthly, weekly and daily basis.


Spring 2015 PIE Workshops

Question-Handling in the Classroom (PIE/PFF/PFP) [Early Stage]

April 14, 2015; 3:30 PM-5:00 PM

Great Hall, 4th floor of the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House

Presenters: Dr. Lisa Liseno, Assistant Dean of the Graduate School, and Director of the Program for Instructional Excellence and Fellows Society; PIE Graduate Student Teaching Associate: Mia Gormandy, School of Music, Musicology

Description: Handling questions in the classroom can be very challenging. Sometimes it is difficult to understand what is being asked, or to even get students to ask or respond to questions at all. This workshop will teach strategies for learning how to create a question-friendly atmosphere, how to clarify what is actually being asked, language for negotiating answering a question, and ways to maintain focus in the classroom by gently and politely deflecting questions that are too far off topic. Question-handling concerns specific to TAs whose first language is not English will also be discussed.


Creating Student-Centered Learning Environments (PIE/PFF/PFP) [All Stages]

January 16, 2015; 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Great Hall, 4th floor of the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House

Presenters: PIE Graduate Student Teaching Associates: Jhoanna Mendez, Modern Languages and Linguistics; Sarah Wilcoxon, School of Dance

Description: Student-centered learning environments shift the focus of classroom activity from teacher to students. Instead of treating students as passive receptacles, this workshop will teach you how to stimulate, engage, and help them become active participants in their own education. You will leave with the tools needed to foster such an environment.


Time Management: How Can I do Everything? (PIE/PFF/PFP) [All Stages]

January 26, 2015; 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Great Hall, 4th floor of the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House

Presenter: Holly Hunt, Assistant Teaching Faculty, Academic Center for Excellence

Description: Graduate teaching assistants must learn to wear several hats at the same time: student, teacher, family member, and friend. Striking a healthy balance among these roles can be challenging. It may often seem like there's not nearly enough time in the day to do all that needs to be done, let alone time to dedicate to playing each of these roles. This session will introduce graduate students to strategies and tools that can be used to more efficiently manage one's time on a monthly, weekly and daily basis.


How to Create a Teaching Portfolio (PIE/PFF/PFP) [Late Stage]

February 5, 2015; 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM and 4:30 PM -5:30 PM

Great Hall, 4th floor of the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House

Presenter: Dr. Lisa Liseno, Assistant Dean of The Graduate School & Director of the Program for Instructional Excellence and Fellows Society

Description: Creating a teaching portfolio is an important way to illustrate the strategies and techniques you use to help support and encourage student learning. It also gives you the opportunity to reflect on your teaching and ways to improve for the future. Not only is this a helpful exercise, but may be a requirement when applying for future employment. This workshop will show you how to assemble an electronic teaching portfolio. Requirements for the submission of teaching portfolios from nominees of FSU's Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award (OTAA) will also be addressed.


Go Big or Go Home: Activities for Large Classrooms (PIE/PFF/PFP) [ Early Stage]

February 27, 2015; 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Great Hall, 4th floor of the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House

Presenters: PIE Graduate Student Teaching Associates: Micah Lomax, School of Music, Music Theory; Mary Marcous, Department of Philosophy

Description: Do you ever wonder how to get those 70 students in your lecture to wake up and participate? Teaching a large number of students can be difficult because of space limits, classroom sizes, or even the layout of the room. Come join us for our workshop where we will present a number of strategies and activities that facilitate engagement in classes with a large number of students regardless of subject area.


Keeping Students Engaged (PIE/PFF/PFP) [All Stages]

March 25, 2015; 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Great Hall, 4th floor of the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House

Presenters: PIE Graduate Student Teaching Associates: Kate Pierson, School of Theatre; Holly Widen, Department of Geography

Description: Is your class suffering from a spring break hangover? If so, join us as we collaboratively brainstorm ways to jumpstart your classroom through activities, student-centered discussions, and an engaging environment.