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Date: January 7th, 2013

Location: Seminar Room, Governor’s Room – The Hotel at Auburn University

Plenary Session

1:00 – 1:20 ….. Welcome and Introduction
A welcome and introduction by Dr. J. Groccia and Dr. S. Raj Chaudhury

1:20 – 2:20 ….. GTA 101 by the GTAP Fellows of 2012
Learn all of the basics about your responsibilities and rights as a GTA and be better prepared to succeed in your teaching assignment. We will cover topics like the first day of class, holding office hours, communicating with your lead professor, university policies, and more. We will also share free, online resources where you can go to find additional information.

2:20 – 2:30 ….. Break

Break-Out Sessions

2:30 – 3:10 ….. Trouble in the Classroom
Learn about working with students and handling less than desirable situations in the classroom. Students may demonstrate disturbing or disruptive behavior or show signs of distress. It is important for Instructors to know preventive strategies and what to do when situations arise.

2:30 – 3:10 ….. Technology in the Classroom
This session will focus on some of the various uses of technology in the classroom. Clickers, Canvas, and other
technology options will be discussed

3:15 – 3:50 ….. Teaching Labs in Science and Engineering
This session will share tips for maximizing the learning experience of your students in a lab setting for Science and Engineering courses. First time Science/Engineering GTAs and international GTAs will find this session particularly beneficial.

3:15 – 3:50 ….. Leading Discussions
Learn about and participate in a variety of discussion methods to better engage your students and make their learning process more dynamic and effective. These methods are for all GTAs, even those who teach traditionally lecture-style subjects and classes.

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