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Teaching at UW: Ready, Set, Teach!

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Wednesday, Jan. 17 | 9 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. | Varsity Hall, Union South

This 1-day workshop will help you start the semester with confidence and coordination. It will not be streamed or recorded.


8:30 - 9 a.m. – Registration and light breakfast
9 a.m. – Welcome
9:15 - 10 a.m. – Building Blocks for Engagement & Achievement
Creating a supportive learning environment and fostering belonging are not just “nice to haves” – they are the essential foundations upon which we build student engagement and achievement. In this session, you will get to know other participants at the event and begin the journey toward connection and belonging in this space (and as a model for your own course design and facilitation strategies).
10 - 10:10 a.m –  Break
10:10 - 11 a.m. – Deepen Learning with Low-Stakes Writing Activities
Low-stakes writing activities serve a number of important roles in the classroom, whether in biology or sociology or mathematics. Writing before, during, or after class can deepen student learning, provide valuable formative assessment, and contribute to students’ sense of belonging. In this session, you’ll learn how to design low-stakes writing activities that you can add to your active learning repertoire – without adding significantly more labor for you.
10:50 - 11 a.m. – Break
11 a.m. -  Noon – Assessment as Feedback
Noon - 1 p.m. – Lunch
12:30 - 1 p.m. – Deepening Engagement with Instructional Technology
1 - 1:50 p.m. – Articulate Your Course as Opportunity to Learn
Now more than ever, teachers are challenged with designing and redesigning opportunities to learn that include and challenge diverse learners and guide learners toward skills, knowledge, and ways of being that matter in learners’ lives. In this session you will focus on a course that you teach and reflect on a design process that centers opportunity to learn, clarify the opportunity to learn that your course offers you and all of your students, and articulate the ways in which course assessments and activities plot an opportunity to learn.
1:50 - 2 p.m. – Break
2 - 2:50 p.m. – Lower Barriers for Learners – and for You – with Universal Design for Learning
Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are priorities for all of us. In this session, you’ll discover the “step zero” that makes all of our DEIB efforts possible: access. When we focus our learning interactions on how our students get access to materials, each other, instructors, support services, and the community, we strengthen their sense of belonging as learners. Through the universal design for learning (UDL) framework, you’ll learn concrete steps that you can take tomorrow that help to lower barriers, anxiety, and stress – for your students and for you.
3 - 3:45 p.m. – Next Steps & Closing