Starting TA Resource Group
STAR is a group for all first- and second-year TAs at Ohio State to socialize with, learn from, encourage, and grow alongside each other. At each of our monthly meetings, we will provide refreshments and yummy snacks for you to enjoy. We will also have some structured activities or discussions, often based on topics suggested by group members, to help you in your TA role. Finally, we will have time for you to casually chat with each other and ask your teaching-related questions to your fellow TAs and to the graduate consultant facilitators.
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The STAR page on Carmen has lots of great reference materials for new TAs, including the materials that were distributed on the flashdrives at the UCAT new TA orientation. There will also be discussion forums where you can chat with and ask questions to your fellow TAs. Everyone who attends a STAR event will automatically be registered as a participant on our Carmen page. If you would like to be added to our Carmen page but are unable to attend one of our events, please send us an email.
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STAR will meet on the last Wednesday each month in the Younkin Success Center for Lunch. While we will have refreshments and snacks you are also invited to bring your own brown bag lunch. You are welcome to come to as many meetings as you are able to attend. Here are some details about the upcoming meetings. Hope to see you there!
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|Date & Time||Location||On the Agenda|
|Wednesday, Sept 3 @ 12-1.30pm||YSC Room 150||OPEN HOUSE|
|Wednesday, Sep 24 @ 12-1.30pm||YSC Room 150||Navigating Multiple Roles as a GTA: Your Whole Self and the Classroom. GTAs occupy a unique position as both teachers and students themselves—not to mention as individuals with other roles outside of academia. We discuss strategies for managing the different responsibilities we all have and work with the concept of bringing one’s “whole self” to the classroom as a teacher.|
|Wednesday, Oct 29 @ 12-1.30pm||YSC Room 150||Fostering Student Engagement. Wish your students were more engaged with course materials or class activities? This session explores student-centered strategies to promote self-efficacy, improve communication, and build relevance into your course content.|
|Wednesday, Nov 19 @12-1.30pm||YSC Room 150||Gathering and Making Sense of Student Feedback. Are you curious about the value of different types of student feedback? Have you thought about how feedback can assist you in teaching your courses? We will explore strategies for obtaining and interpreting student feedback, including the SEIs and beyond.|
|Wednesday, Jan 25 @ 12-1.30pm||YSC Room 150||tbd|
|Wednesday, Feb 25 @ 12-1.30pm||YSC Room 150||tbd|
|Wednesday, Mar 25 @ 12-1.30pm||YSC Room 150||tbd|
STAR will be facilitated by UCAT’s team of graduate consultants. All of us have years of teaching experience at Ohio State in many different departments, and we’re excited to get to know and work with all of you.
Sarah is a PhD Candidate in Anthropology researching the ways stress during gestation and infancy affects dental development. In the classroom, Sarah loves watching students develop the ability to ask challenging questions and find good answers on their own. When she’s not busy with teaching and research, Sarah is reading endless picture books to her toddler, devouring questionable YA literature, and playing keyboards in a local indie band.
Michael is a PhD candidate in Comparative Studies exploring how certain American and Austrian modernist novels represent and enact principles of American Pragmatism developed by William James. Michael came to Columbus from Durham, NC, where he had developed software for a technology start-up company and also run a pool hall. These days he makes time to walk dogs from a local shelter, and wishes he had the space to resume the many half-completed clay sculptures that fill his closets. What he finds most rewarding about teaching is stimulating a sense of wonder and awe about our everyday tragedies and triumphs that come alive through great literature.
Wonneken is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, and she studies representations of birthing in late nineteenth-century German literature by women writers. Her favorite part of teaching is seeing her students’ reactions to watching a foreign film for the first (or fiftieth) time, and discussing their reactions to great works of world literature. In her free time, she enjoys doing yoga, going for a run, and playing with her giant, adorable cat.