Astro 300 (Fall 2008)

Class is held: Mondays, 5-7pm, 501 Campbell

Instructors: Jeffrey Silverman (JSilverman@astro) and Peter Williams (pwilliams@astro)

Advising Professor: James Graham (jgraham@astro)

You should make sure to read the syllabus.

Frequently Updated Pages

Course Calendar

The calendar on a standalone page can be retrieved here.

The calendar is now dead.

Other Important Stuff

An important resource for GSIs is the Electronic Big Red Binder and, to a lesser extent, its hard copy equivalent, the Big Red Binder (located in the seventh floor library in Campbell) . Reuse and modification of any and all of the materials in these resources is highly encouraged! So is contribution back to the EBRB of your improved materials!

Astronomy in the News - A list of interesting astro-related news articles and websites (usually with more of an emphasis on pop-culture type stuff). Everyone in the class should update this on occasion.

An after-action summary of what went down in this edition of the class.

Ay 300 Lesson Plans

Class Number Date Topics
Class 1 8/24 Intro / administrivia / course goals; teaching at Berkeley and the role of section; section structures; lecturing & boardwork
Class 2 8/25 Group / peer learning; planning sections; your first section; TALC; worksheets (if there's time)
Class 3 9/3 Worksheets; ethics & cheating; Q&A / classroom interaction
Class 4 9/8 Continue classroom interaction / roleplaying; mock lecture activity; demos; homework assignments
Class 5 9/15 Continue mock lecture activity; quizzes; grading; more on demos
Class 6 9/22 Finish mock lecture activity; exams; Design-A-Demo initial presentations
Class 7 9/29 Review sessions; mock rev. session activity; finish Design-A-Demo initial presentations
X 10/6 Class canceled for C10 midterm grading
Class 8 10/13 Midsemester evaluations; continue mock rev. session activity; Design-A-Demo final presentations
Class 9 10/20 Briefly mention teaching for advanced classes; finish mock rev. session activity; finish Design-A-Demo final presentations; planning a course unit: teaching stars
Class 10 10/27 Discuss midsemester evaluation results; check teaching logs; lay out section videotaping and AER report assignments
X 11/3 Class canceled for C10 midterm grading
Class 11 11/10 Continue midsemester evaluation results; begin AER reports; experts vs. novices
Class 12 11/17 Alex visit (5pm); continue AER reports; assign Peer Visit project
Class 13 11/24 Geoff visit (5:30pm – C12 and Ay 7A); teaching for advanced classes; compare & contrast profs' teaching styles; discuss videotaped sections; discuss TALC viewings; continue AER reports
Class 14 12/1 Briefly discuss teaching cosmology; teaching in the community; discuss Peer Visits; finish AER reports
Class 15 12/8 Teaching your own course (guest lecture) - summer Ay 10 and others; teaching portfolios / philosophy (guest lecture)


Ay 300-specific and general pedagogy

Ay 10 (and 7)-specific


Sample syllabi and first section lesson plans can be found on this page of the EBRB.

Sample mid-semester evaluations can be found on this page of the EBRB.

GSI Assignments

C10 (Filippenko/Shiode)
  1. Matt George
  2. Aaron Lee
  3. Mike McCourt
  4. Yookyung Noh
  5. Andrew Siemion
  6. Vince Viscomi
  7. Jonathan Pober
  8. Sarah Newman
  9. Danica Roth
  10. Don Pan
Ay 10 (Stahler/Converse)
  1. Adam Morgan
  2. Chris Klein
Ay 7A (Marcy/Miller)
  1. Chat Hull

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