Workshops for GSMs and Faculty who supervise GSIs

The following programs are designed to provide information and resources for those designing or running GSI training programs. For questions about these events, please contact Tershia Pinder-Grover, tpinder@umich.edu or 734-615-9263.

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Event Dates Short Description
Annual Meeting on GSI Training & Supervision Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

In light of recent campus climate concerns, many departments are reconsidering how best to prepare novice instructors to become sensitive to classroom climate and teach in a manner that is welcoming for all students. How can departments strategically support new GSIs in teaching inclusively? In this session, participants will bring copies of their current GSI training program materials and reflect on the ways they directly and indirectly promote inclusive teaching practices. Participants will exchange ideas, brainstorm new ways of supporting GSIs, and discover best practices for inclusive teaching that are relevant for a variety of disciplinary backgrounds. Lunch will be provided. 

Annual Meeting on GSI Training & Supervision Wed, 04/30/2014 - 11:30am - 1:00pm

In light of recent campus climate concerns, many departments are reconsidering how best to prepare novice instructors to become sensitive to classroom climate and teach in a manner that is welcoming for all students. How can departments strategically support new GSIs in teaching inclusively? In this session, participants will bring copies of their current GSI training program materials and reflect on the ways they directly and indirectly promote inclusive teaching practices. Participants will exchange ideas, brainstorm new ways of supporting GSIs, and discover best practices for inclusive teaching that are relevant for a variety of disciplinary backgrounds. Lunch will be provided. 

Running Practice Teaching Sessions Wed, 08/06/2014 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

In a practice teaching session, instructors deliver informal lessons of five to twenty minutes to their peers. Participating instructors then offer each other feedback on their teaching while simultaneously reflecting on their own teaching. At this workshop, participants will learn how to run practice teaching sessions to maximize the benefit for GSIs. Participants will take part in an actual practice teaching session and discuss what makes a practice teaching session work best.

Strategies for Training New GSIs Mon, 08/18/2014 - 1:00pm - 3:30pm

This workshop is an introduction to the various strategies that GSMs and GSI Coordinators can use during the training and development of GSIs. We will model and discuss the use of video, case studies, role plays, brainstorming, and other approaches to GSI training. We will also discuss what the most important components of a GSI training program are. This workshop is ideal for GSMs and GSI Coordinators planning a new GSI training experience from scratch, but is also useful for those looking to revise an already existing program. A light lunch will be served.

Consulting with GSIs Tue, 09/09/2014 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

In this interactive workshop, participants will learn and practice techniques for consulting with GSIs on their teaching, including interpreting and discussing student ratings. In addition to providing time for practice and reflection, we will discuss the various roles a consultant can play in the process of consultation.

Observing Classes and Conducting MSFs Tue, 09/16/2014 - 4:00pm - 7:00pm

This workshop is designed to give GSMs and GSI Coordinators a framework for observing their GSIs' classes and collecting student feedback. Using role plays and interactive activities, participants will learn how to set up classroom visits, collect objective data during an observation, and use the consultation process to help GSIs be more reflective about their teaching. Participants in this workshop will also learn how to collect midterm feedback from students using small-group discussions and how to use that feedback in a consultation with the GSI. Dinner will be served.

Fall GSM Luncheon Fri, 12/05/2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

This meeting provides a great opportunity for GSMs across the university to meet, network and share strategies. Lunch will be served.