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Summer Session & Team Teaching. Elizabeth Nichols Graduate Student TA Training Workshop January 8, 2007. Summer Session Teaching. Why teach summer school?. Gain experience planning a course Gain experience in public speaking Great addition to your CV

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summer session team teaching

Summer Session & Team Teaching

Elizabeth Nichols

Graduate Student TA Training Workshop

January 8, 2007

why teach summer school
Why teach summer school?
  • Gain experience planning a course
  • Gain experience in public speaking
  • Great addition to your CV
  • Learn to explain complicated concepts clearly
  • You get paid
what should i teach
What should I teach?
  • Intro Course
    • Not the same as an intro course taught during school year
  • Specialized Course
    • Something done previously (Abnormal Psych, Conflict Negotiation, Peak Performance, etc)
    • Something new
  • Usually must have at least 5 students enrolled
who attends summer school
Who attends summer school?

Wide variety of education levels and ages

  • High school students
  • Undergrads (Stanford and non-Stanford)
  • Grad students (Stanford and non-Stanford, usually not psych majors)
  • Random others
what problems have others experienced
What problems have others experienced?
  • High-school students can act like high-school students
  • Don’t know how to take notes or follow lecture
    • Provide outline and/or cheat sheets
    • Talk to students after first exam
    • Provide emotional support if needed
  • Talk or sleep throughout class
    • Take charge early on
  • Do poorly and don’t care
    • Refer to Summer Session at Stanford
what problems have others experienced7
What problems have others experienced?
  • Teaching to wide variety of education levels
    • Keep everyone interested and involved
  • Various other student-specific problems
    • Plagiarism
  • Don’t show up for exams or make-up exams
  • Students that don’t want to be taught by females
what resources are available
What resources are available?
  • Center for Teaching and Learning
    • 723-1326
  • Stanford Disability Resource Center
    • 723-1066
  • Summer Session at Stanford
    • 723-3109
how do i make the class go well
How do I make the class go well?
  • Make coursework site and put books on reserve before class starts
  • Come to class prepared (notes, slides, etc.)
  • Clearly state expectations and grading basis
  • Be available to students
  • Ask for feedback (mid-course evaluations)
how do i make lectures go well
How do I make lectures go well?
  • Complement text with other materials
  • Encourage discussion
  • Don’t assume any background knowledge
  • Take break if teaching more than 50 min.
  • Expect to be surprised
teach alone or with others
Teaching Alone

Complete control over course

More money

Looks great on CV

Team Teaching

Dynamic and interactive learning environment

Inspire collaborations and new ideas

Less work per person

Teach alone or with others?

Each method has benefits:

team teaching

Team Teaching

“Team Teaching: Benefits and Challenges” by Melissa Levitt, 2006

models of team teaching
Models of Team Teaching
  • Interactive Model- all instructors present and active throughout course
  • Rotational Model- each instructor teaches subset of course
  • Dispersed Model- some lectures taught by all instructors, some taught by only one instructor
be a team
Be a Team
  • Plan everything together
    • Before school starts
  • Throughout the course
  • Attend one another’s lectures
  • Refer to co-instructors ideas
  • Use common grading procedures
talk even when not in charge
Talk Even When Not in Charge
  • Acting like an exemplary student encourages discussion and feeling of equality in class
  • Model learner
  • Observer
  • Discussion leader
  • Devil’s advocate
encourage discussion
Encourage discussion
  • Model debate with co-instructors
  • Ask open questions
  • Let the students speak
  • Summer school teaching and team teaching are both valuable and educational experiences.
  • The more you put into to each the more you will gain.