Graduate Student Workshops

Spring 2020

Lunchtime workshops offer graduate students an opportunity to develop as teachers and to connect with TFs from across the university.  Unless otherwise indicated, all workshops will be held in the CTL Conference Room at 141 Bay State Road. Please contact Mint Sayabovorn at ctl@bu.edu with questions.

Due to limited capacity, registration is required for all workshops.  Registration will open approximately two weeks before each workshop.  

While these workshops are open to all BU graduate students, you are likely to find the sessions most relevant if you are currently teaching.  We plan to offer workshops regularly, so please check back on our website for more information! 

Leading Engaging Class Discussions – WED, 1/29, 12:15-1:15

Class discussions have the potential to challenge students to engage deeply with the course content and to develop as critical thinkers.  In this one-hour workshop, participants will explore strategies for leading engaging discussions, including tips for priming students for the discussion, structuring class time to promote dialogue and reflection, and creating an inclusive classroom environment.  Lunch will be provided. Registration is open until seats are filled or 5 pm on 1/24, whichever is earlier.

Designing a Lesson Plan – TUES, 2/11, 12:30-1:30

A thoughtfully designed lesson plan is critical for helping students to stay engaged and focused on what they need to learn.  In this one-hour workshop, participants will learn how to prepare a lesson plan and explore research-based strategies for how to structure class time to promote active learning.  Lunch will be provided. Registration is open until seats are filled or 5 pm on 2/06, whichever is earlier.

Facilitating Difficult Conversations – THURS, 4/2, 12:30-1:30

Difficult conversations – whether they are part of a planned discussion around controversial issues, or sparked by an unexpectedly heated moment – can be challenging for students and instructors alike, but can also be a vital way to cultivate civil discourse.  In this one-hour workshop, participants will learn how to prepare for and facilitate charged classroom discussions, including strategies for fostering respectful listening, reflection, and meaningful conversation across differences. Lunch will be provided. Registration is open until seats are filled or 5 pm on 3/30, whichever is earlier.

Small Teaching – WED, 4/15, 11:15-12:15

More information to come!