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 +======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 [[astro300_f08:​syllabus]].**
 +
 +
 +
 +===== Frequently Updated Pages =====
 +
 +  * [[astro300_f08:​Assignments]]
 +    * [[astro300_f08:​AER Article assignment]]
 +    * [[astro300_f08:​Peer Visitation assignment]]
 +  * [[astro300_f08:​articles|Astronomy in the News]]
 +
 +=====Course Calendar=====
 +
 +<​del>​The calendar on a standalone page can be retrieved [[http://​www.google.com/​calendar/​embed?​src=1a8hl9drrcg43a9aaeidqu2nc8%40group.calendar.google.com&​ctz=America/​Los_Angeles|here]].
 +</​del>​
 +
 +The calendar is now dead.
 +=====Other Important Stuff=====
 +
 +An important resource for GSIs is the [[private:​ebrb:​home|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!
 +
 +[[astro300_f08:​articles|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 [[astro300_f08:​summary]] of what went down in this edition of the class.
 +
 +=====Ay 300 Lesson Plans=====
 +
 +^ Class Number ^ Date ^ Topics ^
 +|[[astro300_f08:​first_day_plan|Class 1]] | 8/24 | Intro / administrivia / course goals; teaching at Berkeley and the role of section; section structures; lecturing & boardwork |
 +|[[astro300_f08:​second_day_plan|Class 2]] | 8/25 | Group / peer learning; planning sections; your first section; TALC; worksheets (if there'​s time) |
 +|[[astro300_f08:​third_day_plan|Class 3]] | 9/3 | Worksheets; ethics & cheating; Q&A / classroom interaction |
 +|[[astro300_f08:​fourth_day_plan|Class 4]] | 9/8 | Continue classroom interaction / roleplaying;​ mock lecture activity; demos; homework assignments |
 +|[[astro300_f08:​fifth_day_plan|Class 5]] | 9/15 | Continue mock lecture activity; quizzes; grading; more on demos |
 +|[[astro300_f08:​sixth_day_plan|Class 6]] | 9/22 | Finish mock lecture activity; exams; Design-A-Demo initial presentations |
 +|[[astro300_f08:​seventh_day_plan|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// |
 +|[[astro300_f08:​eighth_day_plan|Class 8]] | 10/13 | Midsemester evaluations;​ continue mock rev. session activity; Design-A-Demo final presentations |
 +|[[astro300_f08:​ninth_day_plan|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 |
 +|[[astro300_f08:​tenth_day_plan|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// |
 +|[[astro300_f08:​eleventh_day_plan|Class 11]] | 11/10 | Continue midsemester evaluation results; begin AER reports; experts vs. novices |
 +|[[astro300_f08:​twelfth_day_plan|Class 12]] | 11/17 | Alex visit (5pm); continue AER reports; assign Peer Visit project |
 +|[[astro300_f08:​thirteenth_day_plan|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 |
 +|[[astro300_f08:​fourteenth_day_plan|Class 14]] | 12/1 | Briefly discuss teaching cosmology; teaching in the community; discuss Peer Visits; finish AER reports |
 +|[[astro300_f08:​fifteenth_day_plan|Class 15]] | 12/8 | Teaching your own course (guest lecture) - summer Ay 10 and others; teaching portfolios / philosophy (guest lecture) |
 +
 +=====Handouts=====
 +
 +==== Ay 300-specific and general pedagogy =====
 +  * [[astro300_f08:​syllabus|Syllabus]] - outline of the course
 +  * [[astro300_f08:​basics|GSI Basics]] - getting started as a GSI (some basic ground rules)
 +  * [[astro300_f08:​assignments|Assignments]] - required weekly assignments
 +    * [[astro300_f08:​demo_project|Designing a Demo Project]] - further info on the Design a Demo assignment
 +    * [[astro300_f08:​AER Article assignment]] - description and organizational info for AER article presentation
 +    * [[astro300_f08:​Peer Visitation assignment]] - worksheet to fill out for the Peer Visitation assignment
 +  * [[astro300_f08:​resources|Teaching Resources]] - quite extensive list of teaching resources
 +
 +  * {{astro300_f08:​midsem_eval.pdf|Mid-semester Evaluation}}. The .tex source is {{astro300_f08:​midsem_eval.txt|here}}.
 +  * [[astro300_f08:​writing evals|Mid-Semester Evaluations]] - how and why to write them
 +  * [[:​community#​teaching|Teaching in the Community]] - opportunities for teaching outside of Cal ({{astro300_f08:​community_teaching.pdf|handout}} and {{astro300_f08:​community_teaching.txt|TeX source}})
 +  * {{:​astro300_f08:​final_eval.pdf|Supplementary Final Evaluation}} - for improving this class next year. LaTeX source {{:​astro300_f08:​final_eval.txt|here}}.
 +
 +==== Ay 10 (and 7)-specific ====
 +  * [[astro300_f08:​your_first_section|Your First Section]] - tips and suggestions for your very first section
 +  * [[astro300_f08:​talc|TALC]] - information about The Astronomy Learning Center (TALC)
 +    * {{astro300_f08:​tea.pdf|Teaching Effectiveness Essay}} - JohnJohn'​s winning Teaching Effectiveness Essay on TALC
 +  * [[astro300_f08:​cheating|Academic Honesty and Cheating Policies]] - information regarding both the University and Department policies
 +  * [[astro300_f08:​writing_homeworks|Writing Homework Assignments]] - tips and suggestions for writing good homework assignments
 +  * [[astro300_f08:​writing_tests|Writing Quizzes and Exams]] - tips and suggestions for writing good quizzes and exams
 +  * [[astro300_f08:​grading|Grading Student Work]] - guidelines and suggestions about grading homeworks, quizzes, and exams as well as calculating grades for discussion section and overall course grades
 +
 +====Samples====
 +
 +Sample syllabi and first section lesson plans can be found on [[private:​ebrb:​first-day_activities_and_materials|this page of the EBRB]].
 +
 +Sample mid-semester evaluations can be found on [[private:​ebrb:​evaluations|this page of the EBRB]].
 +
 +=====Cool Teaching Links=====
 +   ​*[[http://​aer.noao.edu/​cgi-bin/​new.pl|Astronomy Education Review]] - Awesome e-journal on astronomy education published a couple times a year; quite a few readings will be pulled from here.
 +   ​*[[http://​astronomy101.jpl.nasa.gov/​|NASA'​s Center for Astronomy Education]] - NASA's portal for the teaching of introductory astronomy to nonscientists. Lots of stuff, updated frequently.
 +   ​*[[http://​grammai.org/​jhoffman/​teaching/​disc-group.html|Teaching Discussion Group]] - A page by Jennifer Hoffman (a former Berkeley Astro postdoc) on teaching with resources for current and future teachers.
 +   ​*[[http://​www4.ncsu.edu/​unity/​lockers/​users/​f/​felder/​public/​Papers/​Secondtier.html|Reaching the Second Tier: Learning and Teaching Styles in College Science Education]] - Interesting essay on learning styles and how to improve teaching styles.
 +   ​*[[http://​gsi.berkeley.edu/​awards/​tea_index.html|Berkeley TEA Essays]] - UC Berkeley gives Teaching Effectiveness Awards yearly to GSIs who have implemented new teaching techniques in their classrooms. This page links to essays by the GSIs describing their innovations.
 +   ​*[[http://​www.physics.umaine.edu/​ncomins/​miscon.htm|Heavenly Errors]] - A list of >1700 astronomy misconceptions compiled by Neal F. Comins at the University of Maine.
 +
 +=====GSI Assignments=====
 +
 +== C10 (Filippenko/​Shiode) ==
 +   - //Matt George//
 +   - //Aaron Lee//
 +   - //Mike McCourt//
 +   - //​Yookyung ​ Noh//
 +   - //Andrew Siemion//
 +   - //Vince Viscomi//
 +   - //Jonathan Pober//
 +   - //Sarah Newman//
 +   - //Danica Roth//
 +   - //Don Pan//
 +
 +== Ay 10 (Stahler/​Converse) ==
 +   - //Adam Morgan//
 +   - //Chris Klein//
 +
 +== Ay 7A (Marcy/​Miller) ==
 +   - //Chat Hull//
 +
 +//Number of hits: 61023//
 +
 +===== Previous Semesters =====
 +   ​*[[astro300_f07|Fall 2007]] (Jeffrey Silverman and Daniel Perley)
 +   ​*[[astro300_f06|Fall 2006]] (Holly Maness)