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Week of January 5, 2018

GTA Weekly Bulletin

Center for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning

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.

Preparing for Spring Semester 2018

Articles of the Week

As you prepare for the spring semester, refer to the resources provided for Graduate Teaching Assistants on the SDSU CETL website. The page is still a work in progress, but the resources are available.

Starting Strong

Your first few moments with your students are instrumental in setting a tone for learning for the entire semester. Use those moments wisely!

There Should Be No Such Thing as "Syllabus Week"

Here’s a few meaningful activities to get you started strong…

First Day of Class Activities that Create a Climate for Learning

Getting students to ask great questions starts with you asking great questions.

The Art of Asking Questions


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 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 the GTA 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.eduASAP. There is no guarantee that your request can be fulfilled due to the number of requests received and Shelly’s availability. Her schedule fills quickly, so prioritize taking advantage of this service by sending an email today.

Your Feedback Matters to US

We are still very interested in your feedback based on your experiences with CETL and your professional development.

Please take a few moments to provide us with some valuable data on the impact your professional development efforts had on your work, students, and self. This survey should take approximately 5 minutes. Please find the survey linked below:

Thank you in advance for your assistance with this valuable and informative process.


Focusing on CETL Teaching Certification Requirements

It’s time to finalize your Certificate of Teaching Excellence or Certificate of Highest Excellence requirements. Write your original syllabus or craft your Teaching Philosophy statement. Brainstorm your demonstrators of teaching effectiveness and turn them into action. Request a CETL observation.

Please stop by the CETL office if you need some guidance. This year’s deadline to submit materials is Monday, April 9th. For those who submitted materials over winter break, thank you! Your feedback is coming soon.

For more information on the CETL Certificates of Teaching Excellence, follow the link:

Certificates of Teaching Excellence


Training in 20 – CETL Showcase Webinar

Student evaluations can affect promotions, tenure decisions, and departmental dynamics. This webinar will show you how you can employ student feedback to hone your teaching, improve student learning, and create a more positive classroom environment.

Using Student Feedback to Improve Teaching

You will be asked to login to gain access to the webinar. To utilize the SDSU login please follow the steps found here!Please remember you must complete the free access/subscription information to access these webinars.


GTA Workshop Series Being Planned

Each semester the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning of a Workshop Series geared toward the needs of the Graduate Teaching Assistants. Five unique workshops, offered two times each, will be provided throughout the spring semester.

Please contact Shelly.Bayer@sdstate.eduif you have recommendations for workshop topics or preferred times for workshops to be offered.The workshop series will begin the third week of the spring semester.


Conferences on Teaching and Learning

If you are looking for an opportunity to engage in professional development focused on Teaching, Learning, or the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning the following conferences are great opportunities.

Lilly Conferences on College and University Teaching and Learning

International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference

2018 Teaching Professor Conference