More than 250 new and returning graduate teaching assistants attended the annual campus-wide Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Orientation held by the Center for Teaching Excellence last Friday.
“The goal of the orientation is to ensure that our incoming and returning graduate teaching assistants have a successful year of teaching at the University of Maryland,” said Dr. Spencer Benson, Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence.
In the ongoing effort to promote excellence in undergraduate education at the University, the orientation introduced the GTAs to a wide variety of resources that support teaching and learning as well as useful techniques and skills to be effective teachers.
The GTAs were able to meet with outstanding faculty members and experienced GTAs during the daylong event and engage in discussions about teaching undergraduate science, grading with rubrics, fostering effective classroom discussions, and more in a series of afternoon workshops.
The orientation was made possible with support from the Office of the Provost, the Graduate School, and the Office of Undergraduate Studies.
To read about the presenters and the sessions, please click here: http://cte.umd.edu/programs/graduate/Fall_2012_Orientation_Schedule_Final.pdf
(Photo courtesy of Joanna Margueritte-Giecewicz)