February 2011

Make Your Classroom an 'Active' Classroom
Research has consistently shown that the average person's ability to focus on one subject is limited to about 10-20 minutes. Unfortunately, most of the classes we teach last 80 minutes, so a persistent question for instructors looking out at distracted faces is: "How do I 're-capture' this class?" In this article, a few simple and easy 'switch it up' techniques—techniques which have the ability to...


TAP Workshops in February

Non-traditional Students in the Class
Date: Monday, February 7
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Room 410, Rutgers Student Center, CAC

Issues for International TAs to Consider
Date: Wednesday, February 9
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Room 122AB, Busch Campus Center, BC

Defining Your Learning Goals and Outcomes
Date: Wednesday, February 16
Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Room 410, Rutgers Student Center, CAC

Teaching a Lab
Date: Tuesday, February 22
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Room 117, Busch Campus Center, BC

Dealing with Different Levels of Academic Preparation
Date: Wednesday, February 23
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Room 122AB, Busch Campus Center, BC

How to Write a Reverse Calendar
One of the biggest challenges facing a graduate student instructor is finding ways to balance your teaching responsibilities, the need to make progress on your dissertation, and the rest of that thing called your life. It is particularly tough because there might not be anyone waiting to hear about your dissertation on any given day, but you will definitely be...


Other workshops in February
Career Services
Computer Literacy Training

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The Master Faculty Observation Program
TAP has assembled a select group of outstanding faculty members who have volunteered to provide graduate students with the opportunity to observe their classes. The names, teaching schedules, and contact information of these veteran teachers are listed on our website. Earn a certificate by visiting three or more classes.


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TapTalk is produced by the Teaching Assistant Project (TAP), Graduate School-New Brunswick. Letters, submissions, calendar items, and suggestions for articles should be directed to the Editor, Wendy Wright.