Instructional Foundations Series: Description and Requirements of Spring 2020
Instructional Foundations is a series of workshops for graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and instructors from all disciplines who have never taught at the university level (grading experience OK) prior to spring 2020. The series is designed to provide people new to college teaching with knowledge, skills and confidence they can use in their first teaching experience. As a participant in this series, you will gain:
- information on best practices from the teaching and learning literature
- opportunities to discuss implementation with a group of peers
- a chance to discuss teaching techniques and strategies with an experienced instructor in your discipline
Overall series objectives:
Upon successfully completing this course, you should be able to:
- articulate an approach to planning a lesson
- know how to handle challenging situations that may arise in your classroom
- explore one of your own teaching interests
- reflect on your beliefs and practices about teaching and learning
Series completion certificate:
While this series does not serve as a formal “certification” process, it does provide you with documentation of your participation in this professional development opportunity. This certificate may be included in your teaching portfolio as evidence of your professional development as an instructor.
You can earn a completion certificate from SITE if you:
- attend the two Institute workshops: “How to Plan a Class Session” (Wednesday, 1/22/20; 10.10a-11.25a) and "Handling Challenging Classroom Moments” (Tuesday, 1/28/20; 12.05-1.20p). Be sure to register on our Events page.
- attend one additional Institute workshop of your choice: visit our Events page for options and registration instructions
- observe the teaching of one instructor of your choice, interview the instructor, and post a reflection on the Series blog (https://sites.psu.edu/ifs16, password will be distributed at a later date to those registered for the reflection session (see next bullet below); please note, you will need to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to gain access to the blog before you can post anything )
- attend an interactive session on March 31 from 11:00 a.m.-noon in Rider 315 to reflect on your series experiences with peers
*Choose ONE of these dates to attend.
PLEASE NOTE: The series completion certificate does not count toward the Graduate School Teaching Certificate. For a complete list of the requirements for the Graduate School Teaching Certificate, please visit http://www.gradschool.psu.edu/current-students/tacert .
|Date||Topics||Lesson Objectives||Activities/Assignments Due|
|1/22||How to Plan a Class Session||Articulate an approach to planning a lesson||Get signature of one workshop facilitator|
|1/28||Handling Challenging Situations||Be familiar with strategies to handle difficult classroom situations||Get signature of one workshop facilitator|
|Please visit our Events page||Choice of Topic
||Explore one of your own teaching interests||Get signature of one workshop facilitator|
|No later than 3/17||Observe and interview an instructor in your discipline||Describe methods for making pedagogical decisions about your content||Take notes using
class observation guide
Post reflection online no later than 3/22
Comment on two peer posts no later than 3/29
|Reflect on your series experiences with a group of peers||Reflect on beliefs and practices about teaching and learning||Come prepared to contribute to the conversation. Registering for this event indicates your intent to participate in the Instructional Foundations Series program.|
|No later than 3/31||Submission of completed Signature Sheets||Verification of workshop participation||Turn in completed signature sheetsare due 3/31. Upload them to the dropbox or submit them in hard copy to 301 Rider Building (via in person drop-off or intercampus mail).|