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Debate vs Discussion: Alter Your Word Choice to Change Outcomes

What do we teach students about life when they are asked to discuss rather than debate a topic? Before I dive into this perhaps philosophical, rather than practical question, it may be appropriate to explain how we are currently emphasizing discussion in the classroom and minimizing debate. I hope that by the end of my...
By William Ota | | Teaching, Advice

Teaching and TAing Smoothly over Summer

Summer sessions here at UCR provide a great opportunity for many graduate students to gain valuable teaching experience. During the academic year, we graduate students work as TAs, but in the summer we can try our hand as Instructors. Depending on your perspective, this may be an exciting idea or a scary one – or...
By Sarah Murray | | Teaching, Professionalization

Online Teaching: What We Have Learned and What We Can Improve

“You know how much I enjoy being a TA! I think I am going to miss the in-person interaction with the students. And, after all of this [the pandemic] is over, I will probably not be the same,” said one of my fellow graduate students. They said this while standing in the golden hues of...
By Antara Chakravarty | | Teaching

Teaching Careers Week 2020

Are you interested in exploring a teaching-focused career? Do you want to discuss pedagogical strategies, strengthen job application materials, or socialize with our Teaching Assistant Development Team? Then you’re in luck! There’s still time to register for Teaching Careers Week 2020, a full program of virtual events to support your professional goals with a specific...
By Beth Kopacz | | Teaching, Advice

Advancing in Pedagogy: 2019-2020 UTC Testimonials

One of the underappreciated aspects of graduate school is the entre into teaching. Most of us graduate students came to UCR ready to dive head-first into research and other scholarly pursuits. Yet, the majority of us find ourselves treading water in the deep end of the teaching pool. The challenges posed by teaching inspire brave...
By John Haberstroh | | Teaching

Where We Are Now: Grad Student Resources and Support

It’s the start of our collective quarter in quarantine, and none of us really knows what to expect. Some of us are trying to find a respectable corner at home from which to Zoom a discussion section; others are having to rethink research projects that require supplies or travel that the COVID-19 pandemic has now...
By Hillary Jenks | | Advice, Teaching, Wellness

Getting to Know Your Students (The Online Way)

Full disclosure: I have never taught an online course. I’m also the kind of instructor who loves getting to know my students. I have everyone create name tags on the first day of class and only after I know everyone’s name by memory do students stop bringing their name tags. I frequently incorporate ice breakers...
By Kyla Rankin | | Teaching, Advice

Online Learning vs. Traditional Learning at UCR

The mental image elicited by the word “college” is moving away from ivy-covered red brick buildings and moving towards students on laptops at home in their pajamas. You may have noticed that online education is increasing based on the number of ads for online degrees popping-up while browsing social media or even from taking an...
By Elena Kozlova | | Teaching, Academics & Research

Pattern Teaching: A Solution to Avoid Over-prepping for Your Class

“How will I know when I am ready?” Is this the question you ask yourself as the clock strikes midnight while you are frantically adding content to your discussion slides after working on it for 6 hours straight? Maybe you have the first draft of your thesis due to your advisor in two days. But...
By Antara Chakravarty | | Teaching, Advice

Finding Support as a First-Time TA

While the first quarter you work as a Teaching Assistant (TA) may feel overwhelming, know that you don't need to worry! There is support--ranging from workshops, campus resources, and professional development events--to help support you as you build your teaching skills. Read on to find out about resources on-campus and online that can help you...
By Sarah Murray | | Teaching, Professionalization

Mental Health Resources for Your Students

Have you ever had students that needed extra help? Perhaps they were struggling with personal or academic situations. Or, perhaps they were disruptive in class while you were TAing or serving as a mentor. As a teaching assistant and mentor, you are in a position to serve as a critical resource for saving a student’s...
By Danielle Delany | | Wellness, Teaching

Why You Should Apply for the 2020 University Teaching Certificate Program

When you think about teaching, what is it about teaching that you find so attractive? Is it the immersion in topics you love and the ability to share that love with your students? Might it be the knowledge that you are training the next generation of scholars to work in your field? Is it the...
By John Haberstroh | | Teaching, Professionalization

Academic Development Day 2019: What To Look Forward To

[Image Description: Fin, from Adventure Time, puts on a pair of glasses. He then gasps as the image zooms in all the way down to the atomic level to illustrate Fin's new, greater level of understanding.] Pictured: An accurate depiction of how you absorb the information shared during Academic Development Day Join GradSuccess for Academic...
By Beth Kopacz | | Professionalization, Teaching

Classroom Strategies: How To Promote Student Participation

With September comes fall quarter, and with the arrival of fall quarter so too comes your new class and TA assignment. Perhaps this is your first time TAing here at UCR and the hardened sailors of high tide (by this I mean the TAs with more experience!) have already made you apprehensive about the challenges...
By Antara Chakravarty | | Teaching, Advice