Spring 2010

Preparing For and Lecturing on the First Day
   of Class
As a teacher, we do a great deal of preparation for the first day of class—e.g. choosing the proper instructional materials, dividing the content of the materials into self-contained topics, dividing these topics into…

Twitter and the TA
Like many people, I was initially skeptical about the practical applications of the social networking website Twitter. Other websites like Facebook already incorporate the ability for the user to post…


TAP Workshops in April

Dealing with Difficult Students
Date: Thursday, April 1
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Place: Rutgers Student Center, room 410

Teaching an Online Class
Date: Monday, April 5
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Place: Busch Campus Center, Room 174

Developing a Teaching Portfolio
Date: Tuesday, April 13
Time: 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Place: Rutgers Student Center, room 410

Group Work and Assessment
Date: Tuesday, April 20
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Place: Rutgers Student Center, room 410

Overcoming Teaching Anxiety
Date: Tuesday, April 27
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Place: Rutgers Student Center, room 410

Using Article Reviews to Teach Writing in
   Large Classes
One of my great dilemmas teaching large classes at Rutgers has been how to get my students writing. I wanted them, especially the first year students in my Introduction to Sociology class, to practice writing and to get engaged with…


Other workshops in April
Career Services
Computer Literacy Training

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The Master Faculty Observation Program
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