AI Orientation

Most graduate students will teach at Princeton as Assistants in Instruction (AIs), and while the roles AIs play vary across the university, there is no question that AIs play a significant and meaningful role in undergraduate education at Princeton. AIs are found meeting in small groups with students, leading discussions and problem-solving sessions, teaching labs, consulting with students in office hours, grading and assisting in the design and delivery of courses.

To help you prepare for these important, skilled roles, the Graduate School requires all first-time AIs at Princeton to attend the McGraw Center’s orientation to teaching.

During Orientation you will:

* learn effective research-based teaching strategies specific to your discipline
* gain information about campus resources to support you in your work as AIs
* practice teaching and get feedback from experienced teachers
* embark on or continue your professional development as teachers, which can enhance your CVs for both academic and non-academic careers.

Graduate students attend AI Orientation (AIO) right before they start teaching. Departments register their graduate students for Orientation, so you should consult with your department to see if you’ve been registered. You should not attend AIO until you’re actually beginning your AI duties.


AI Orientation to Teaching – Spring 2018

Thursday, February 1

Breakfast & Registration – 9:30-9:45 a.m.
Frist Campus Center, 3rd Floor

Welcome & Introductions – 9:45-10:00 a.m.
Sarah Schwarz, Associate Director for Teaching Initiatives and Programs, McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning

Basics of Effective Teaching in Your Discipline* – 10:05 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Lunch – 12:00-12:45 p.m.
Frist Campus Center, 2nd and 3rd Floors

What Do I Do If...? Teaching Challenges and How to Meet Them* – 12:45-2:30 p.m.

Break – 2:30-2:45 p.m.
Frist Campus Center, 2nd and 3rd Floors

Follow-up, Review, and Preparation for Micro-teaching* – 2:45-4:00 p.m.

Friday, February 2

Breakfast – 8:45-9:00 a.m.
Frist Campus Center, 3rd Floor

Micro-teaching* – 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

SPECIAL OPTIONAL SESSIONS**

Grading Student Writing in the Humanities/Social Sciences
Princeton Writing Program, 1:30-3:00 p.m. in Frist 330

Grading Student Writing in the Sciences/Engineering
Princeton Writing Program, 1: 30-3:00 p.m. in Frist 309

Sexual Misconduct: Providing Support to Students and Understanding Your Reporting Obligations
Regan Crotty, Title IX Administrator, 1:30-3:00 p.m. in Frist 206

 

*Room assignments will be given on the 1st.
**Advance registration is required.