TA Days 2017 - DAY 1

In 2017, the Teaching + Learning Lab is launching TA DAYS, a two-day series of teaching workshops for graduate students and teaching assistants from any discipline or DLC at the Institute. Participants can register for full-day experiences or select individual workshops most relevant to their interests and needs for the upcoming semester. Schedule formatted for printing.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Thursday, August 31st (Location: 56-154)  | Go to Day 2 Schedule

Mitigating Implicit Bias and Stereotype Threat (9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.)

In this workshop, participants will discuss strategies for creating inclusive classroom environments where all students feel that they belong and are free to learn. Participants will be introduced to the concept of implicit bias and strategies to counter our own implicit biases. Participants will also be introduced to the phenomena of stereotype threat and how to mitigate the effects of stereotype threat. The strategies discussed in this workshop are beneficial for all students. If you are interested in participating in implicit bias research, you can "test" your own biases through Project Implicit.

Fostering a Growth Mindset (10:40 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.)

MIT students have typically experienced years of academic success and praise, but what happens when they encounter uncertainty and failure? How do they manage and overcome discouragement and self-doubt? We will examine how our own notions of potential and ability can impact our approach to work, how much we learn, and how successful we can be in achieving our goals. We will focus on evidence-based insights regarding neuroplastictiy, motivation, and on how deliberately cultivating a "growth-mindset" can improve our willingness and ability to face challenges. We will also discuss strategies for how to cultivate a growth mindset in our students.

Understanding Title IX Policies and TA Responsibilities (12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. – Lunch included)

facilitated by: Elizabeth McCarthy, Title IX Education Specialist, Chancellor's office

MIT is committed to providing a learning, living and working environment free from gender-based discrimination. This session is designed to help you understand your obligations as a TA if you are to become aware of any situations related to gender-discrimination, including sexual harassment and assault. We will discuss the law, MIT policies, and provide resources and tools to enhance your role as advisor, mentor, and friend to students and others in our community. The presentation will also clarify MIT's and the Teaching Assistant’s responsibility to prevent and respond to sexual misconduct.

Standing Up Instead of Standing By: Being an Active Bystander (1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.)

facilitated by: Libby Mahaffy, Assistant Director for Conflict Management, MIT & Julio Oyola, Assistant Director of LGBTQ Services, MIT

Individuals in a community take care of one another and stand up when they see unacceptable behavior occurring. The goal of this workshop is to lower the barriers to appropriate bystander action through awareness, knowledge, preparation and practice. Often you, as a bystander, will face some difficult choices. There are usually more options than you may think...and no single 'right' response. We hope that this workshop will help you assess bystander situations you find yourself in and evaluate your options for responding. Here is a video series that may interest you (select MIT Certificate in the dropdown menu to access the page).

Supporting Students in Distress (3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

facilitated by: Tiffany Melendez, Assistant Director, Community Development & Substance Abuse Programs

At MIT, it is often difficult for students to ask for help. Teacher Assistants are in a unique position to identify and support students who are in distress. Your attention to detail and expression of concern could make a major difference for your students. Please join us for a workshop on how to recognize signs of distress and what you can do to help support your students and peers.

Go to Day 2 Schedule

Contact Leann Dobranski (leann@mit.edu), x3-3371 for any questions about the TA Days program or registration.