GTA Weekly Bulletin
Center for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning
Week of January 19, 2021
The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL) weekly email bulletin features news, upcoming events, and teaching resources tailored to the teaching needs of Graduate Teaching Assistants at South Dakota State University. It is typically sent on Tuesdays.
Request a Spring Teaching Observation
The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL) is excited to again formally announce the opportunity for Graduate Teaching Assistants to engage in teaching observations conducted confidentially by CETL’s Assistant Director and GTA Training Program Coordinator, Shelly Bayer.
Observations of teaching through the CETL are a supportive, positive, and constructive process that focus on helping GTAs identify and develop their teaching strengths.
Observations can be done in-person, via Zoom, or recorded presentations. Observations follow the Peer Observation Model and typically involve an observation followed by a one-on-one feedback session. These observations are strictly confidential between the GTA and Dr. Bayer. The primary goal of the CETL is to focus this process on teaching enhancement.
We strongly recommend scheduling an observation as soon as possible. Once a request for an observation is made, Dr. Bayer will work with you to gather information needed (syllabus, assignments, etc.) to make the process as highly effective as possible.
In order to schedule as observation please send an initial email request to Shelly.Bayer@sdstate.edu ASAP. An observation is also one of the requirements of the CERTIFICATE OF COLLEGE TEACHING DEVELOPMENT – PRACTICE I certificate.
Next Week’s Events…
Teacher Training Workshop - Enhancing Your Questioning Skills
Monday, January 25, 2021 @ 3pm @ https://sdstate.zoom.us/j/98810072573
Lunch & Learn with Dr. Praveena Kanchupati-University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 @ 12pm @ https://sdstate.zoom.us/j/94680511536
Spring 2021 Programming – It’s All Set!
The entire semester’s offerings have already been determined. Hopefully, knowing the schedule now will allow you to fully engage throughout the semester. Please refer to the attached document for programming events running January through April.
Preparing for New Semester with a Webinar Series
Teach Those Jacks Webinar Series
Welcome to 2021! As you engage in final preparations for the spring semester we would like to provide you with a unique professional development opportunity. The CETL Teach Those Jacks webinar series provides short, on-demand professional development opportunities. For our first, episode, we are joined by Provost Dennis Hedge as he reflects on the fall semester and looks ahead to the spring semester. Additional episodes in the Teach Those Jacks series focus on teaching and learning topics from the staff of the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning. We have identified topics of relevance to teaching and learning in our unique COVID environment and hope to offer tools to help enhance instruction at the university. A full listing of episodes, along with links, can be found below.
- Episode #1 – Teach Those Jacks: Thinking Back and Looking Ahead with Provost Dennis Hedge
- Episode #2 – Teach Those Jacks: Starting Strong – Student Success
- Episode #3 – Teach Those Jacks: Starting Strong – Faculty Success
- Episode #4 – Teach Those Jacks: Building Community
- Episode #5 – Teach Those Jacks: Student Engagement
- Episode #6 – Teach Those Jacks: Collecting Student Feedback
Conversations After Crisis
The events in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021 elicit emotions in all of us. They may leave our students with many questions and lead to difficult but critical conversations as we kick-off a new semester. The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning is committed to supporting your engagement with your students in meaningful dialogue about all perspectives involved in our country’s current topics.
Resources for Conversations after Crisis
- Leading Conversations After Crisis
- To Sustain the Tough Conversations, Active Listening Must Be the Norm
- Current Events in Your Classroom
Podcast of the Week
This week’s selection is part of the Teaching in Higher Ed Podcast series and features Michael Benitez and Meredith Flynn, both from Metropolitan State University in Denver, CO.
Article of the Week
This is a special newsletter created by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Certificates of College Teaching Development
The Certificates of College Teaching Development are an excellent way to develop your teaching capacity. The initial certificate is completely accessible online and builds foundational knowledge in effective teaching. The additional two certificates are practice-based with feedback. Earning college teaching development certificates can greatly enhance your teaching and prepare you for faculty positions in higher education. For more information refer to: https://www.sdstate.edu/center-enhancement-teaching-and-learning/certificates-teaching-development
If you are interested in pursuing one or more of the certificates, please email Shelly.Bayer@sdstate.edu and indicate your interest in enrollment information.
Graduate students who have already enrolled are encouraged to continue working on the certificate requirements using the Training House website: https://traininghouse.sdstate.edu
If you are finding some aspects of the certificate challenging to complete due to the current COVID environment, please reach out to Dr. Bayer to discuss alternative suggestions.
Self-care Resource for Graduate Students
Are you experiencing stress? Are you experiencing anxiety? The life of a graduate student is challenging, now more than ever.
Check out this video created by three SDSU professors focused on stress, stress management, and self-care. They ask great questions, and then they provide an opportunity to practice with a couple of tools.
Self-Care Isn’t Selfish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPxgdoIjH8M&feature=youtu.be
Go, Big! Go, Blue! Teach those Jacks!
Shelly Bayer, Ed.D. (she, her, hers)
Learner – Achiever – Discipline – Focus – Harmony
Assistant Director, Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach
Center for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning (CETL)
Briggs Library 126, Box 2115A
Brookings, SD 57007
“Be the change you wish to see in the world."