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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STAR Meeting: Open House

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

12:00–1:30pm

 Younkin Success Center 150

Join us for pizza and conversation! Reconnect with friends from orientation and meet new TAs from across campus. Together we’ll explore some of the most common anxieties raised by new TAs on the orientation “Fear Wall”. UCAT staff and TA peers will be available to discuss classroom successes, concerns and ideas for your teaching. If you have questions about making the most of your teaching experience, if you’ve had challenges you’d like help addressing, or if you’ve had great experiences you would like to share with others, STAR is the place for you!   During this session we will
  • discuss the components and the value of a Teaching Portfolio
  • start the process of creating your own portfolio
  • talk about strategies for continuing the development of a teaching portfolio
  • create a game plan for collecting supporting materials at the end of the semester
  There will also be an opportunity
  • to (re)connect with STAR facilitators and TAs from different departments.
  •  to discuss and get answers to your teaching related questions from UCAT graduate consultants or peers
  • to share teaching experiences — successes and challenges — with other new TAs.
We will have pizza, drinks and snacks, but you are also welcome to bring your own lunch to eat during the session. You can add to or follow our conversation with #UCATstar on Facebook and Twitter.

We hope to see you!

 

STAR Meeting: Navigating Multiple Roles as a GTA: Your Whole Self and the Classroom

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

12:00–1:30pm

 Younkin Success Center 150

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.   During this session you will
  • discuss the challenges and benefits created by the different and often conflicting roles and responsibilities GTAs hold
  • learn about strategies to balance your roles in healthy and productive ways
  • explore the effect of personal life experience on learning in the classroom
  • discuss how teaching can enrich your "whole self"
  There will also be an opportunity
  • to (re)connect with STAR facilitators and TAs from different departments.
  •  to discuss and get answers to your teaching related questions from UCAT graduate consultants or peers
  • to share teaching experiences — successes and challenges — with other new TAs.
We will have snacks and coffee/tea, but you are also welcome to bring your own lunch to eat during the session. You can add to or follow our conversation with #UCATstar and #wholeselfGTA on Facebook and Twitter.

We hope to see you!

 

STAR Meeting: Fostering Student Engagement

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

12:00–1:30pm

 Younkin Success Center 150

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.   During this session you will
  • learn about student motivation
  • discuss your challenges and successes with building relevance into your own course
  • brainstorm strategies for student-centered activities and communication that can increase student engagement in your own course
  • explore your own experiences engaging with material as a student and ways to leverage your excitement with your class
  There will also be an opportunity
  • to (re)connect with STAR facilitators and TAs from different departments.
  •  to discuss and get answers to your teaching related questions from UCAT graduate consultants or peers
  • to share teaching experiences — successes and challenges — with other new TAs.
We will have snacks and coffee/tea, but you are also welcome to bring your own lunch to eat during the session. You can add to or follow our conversation with #UCATstar and #studentengagement on Facebook and Twitter.

We hope to see you!

 

STAR Meeting: Making Sense of Feedback

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

12:00–1:30pm

 Younkin Success Center 150

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.   During this session you will
  • learn about different kinds of feedback
  • discuss the emotional and pedagogical impact student feedback has on GTAs
  • brainstorm strategies for collecting feedback during different parts of the academic year
  • practice interpreting student feedback in productive, positive ways
  There will also be an opportunity
  • to (re)connect with STAR facilitators and TAs from different departments.
  •  to discuss and get answers to your teaching related questions from UCAT graduate consultants or peers
  • to share teaching experiences — successes and challenges — with other new TAs.
We will have snacks and coffee/tea, but you are also welcome to bring your own lunch to eat during the session. You can add to or follow our conversation with #UCATstar and #studentfeedback on Facebook and Twitter.

We hope to see you!

Also join us on

CarmenThe 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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Calendar

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 Holt

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 Murphy

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 Wanske

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.