INSTRUCTOR: Professor Brooke Shipley, SEO 312 or 508, firstname.lastname@example.org
CLASS MEETINGS: Mondays and Wednesdays 3pm - 3:50pm, in SEO 600
COURSE WEBSITE: http://www.math.uic.edu/~bshipley/math589.f2019.html
OFFICE HOURS: TBA and by appointment (right before or after class is also a good time for questions)
COURSE OBJECTIVES: The goal of this two credit hour course is to aid MSCS teaching assistants in developing teaching skills and methods. The course also addresses problems that may arise in the classroom and offers insights and mentoring for a successful graduate career.
GRADING POLICY: Attendance 20%, Participation 40%, Assignments and Presentations 40%. You are expected to attend all of the class meetings and actively participate; permission for a non-emergency class absence must be requested in advance.
ATTENDANCE POLICY: Each student is allowed two absences and four late arrivals for personal reasons. After that each unexcused absence results in losing 4% of your total grade and each late arrival results in losing 2% of your total grade. Excused absences must be arranged ahead of time, except in case of emergencies.
DISABILITY ACCOMMODATIONS: Students with disabilities who require accommodations for full access and participation in UIC Programs must be registered with the Disability Resource Center (DRC). Please contact DRC at (312) 413-2183 (voice) or (312) 413- 0123 (TDD).
COURSE BOOK: "Teaching Mathematics in Colleges and Universities: Case Studies for Today's Classroom," by Solomon Friedberg et al. available at the AMS Bookstore among other places.
COURSE TOPICS: Teaching Skills and Methods: Active learning, group work, listening to students, pacing your presentation, giving and receiving constructive criticism Course Mechanics: Using TeX to write a quiz or worksheet, evaluation and grading, dealing with cheating, course evaluations, meeting with supervisors Graduate Career: Preparing a CV, web page, teaching portfolio, and seminar talk; applying for fellowships, master's exam, choosing an advisor, professional society memberships, employment opportunities, thesis research, balancing roles as student and TA
OTHER COURSE ACTIVITIES: Teaching presentations by each class member; discussions of classroom case studies from Teaching Mathematics in Colleges and Universities: Case Studies for Today's Classroom, by Solomon Friedberg et al; observations of other teachers
TA RESOURCES: MSCS Graduate Studies website and 2019-2020 TA Handbook (link updated Aug. 27)Handouts:
Classroom activities for active learning 4 pages long.
Student engagement strategies 1 page.