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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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

 

January 17, 2018

Imposter Syndrome

9:00-10:30

February 14, 2018

Discussion

9–10:30 am

March 21, 2018

Student Motivation

9–10:30 am

April 18, 2018

Teaching Statement/Portfolio

9–10:30 am

Barbie Tootle Room

Third Floor, Ohio Union

Barbie Tootle Room

Third Floor, Ohio Union

Barbie Tootle Room

Third Floor, Ohio Union

Barbie Tootle Room

Third Floor, Ohio Union

New teachers often grapple with their authority in the classroom, and disruptive or disengaged students can challenge the learning environment we work to create. We will explore ways to promote civility in the classroom through the use of effective classroom management skills. We will also develop strategies for handling common concerns about classroom management. In this workshop, we will introduce ways of structuring discussions, and discuss strategies to encourage and maintain student involvement, respond to individual contributions, and use questions as a teaching tool. The emphasis of this meeting will be an exploration of strategies and techniques for facilitating discussion and encouraging balanced student participation. As graduate students, it can sometimes be a struggle to understand why our students aren’t motivated by the same things that seem important to us. In this meeting, participants will learn about motivators that affect student engagement and discuss how challenges to motivation are shaped by our course context. Participants will develop a game plan for overcoming these challenges including easy to implement strategies that can be applied immediately and throughout the semester.  The process of identifying a personal philosophy of teaching and continuously examining it through teaching practice can foster professional and personal growth. You will find out about benefits and uses of a teaching statement in academia and your teaching. You will also have the opportunity to start developing your own statement.

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Erin Blankenship-Sefczek
Erin Blankenship-Sefczek is a Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology who’s research focuses on the effects of dental reduction and physiological stress (such as malnutrition) on tooth characteristics (crown size and cusp expression) after the transition to agriculture. Erin’s favorite part of teaching is helping students become active participants in their own learning process. When she is not teaching, working, or being a grad student, Erin loves spending time with her family, collecting old books, and watching superhero movies.


Kelly Jo Fulkerson Dikuua

Kelly Jo is a Ph.D. Candidate in African-American and African Studies whose research examines cases of forced sterilization in the United States and Southern Africa. Kelly Jo’s favorite part of teaching is learning alongside her students while making connections between historic or literary works and broader questions and discussions in the world today. In addition to teaching, Kelly Jo loves spending time with her children, walking her two dogs and cleaning/re-organizing her house.

Carly Martin
Carly Martin is a Ph.D. Candidate in Germanic Languages and Literatures.  She is writing a dissertation on conceptions of language in Enlightenment Germany.  As a teacher, Carly loves seeing students become empowered when they can express themselves in a different language and experience themselves through a new cultural lens.  In her free time, she likes to learn new languages, travel and sing in choirs.

Anne WilsonAnne Wilson is a Ph.D. Candidate in Clinical Psychology. Her research interests include emotion, emotion regulation, and anxiety disorders. As a teacher, Anne loves guiding students towards a better understanding of themselves and others through the study of psychology. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, yoga, and exploring Columbus.