Astro 375 / Astro 300 (Fall 2017)


Class is held: Wednesdays, 6:30pm-8pm, Campbell 131

The Bootcamp is held: Thursday, Aug 17 (3pm-5pm, Campbell 121) and Wednesday, Aug 23 (6pm-8pm, Campbell 131)

Faculty Instructor: Eugene Chiang (echiang@astro)

Graduate Student Instructors: Carina Cheng (ccheng@berkeley), Tom Zick (tzick@berkeley)

  • The Syllabus. Make sure you read this!
  • The Electronic Big Red Binder. An important resource for GSIs. 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! There is also an older physical copy (The Big Red Binder), located in the library.
  • Teaching Logs. Summaries of the short teaching log prompts.
  • Assignments. Summaries of all assignments for Ay375.


Ay 375 Lesson Plans

(Any lesson plans for future dates are subject to revision, but feel free to peruse if you're interested.)

Class Number Date Lead Instructor Topics Lesson Plan Link
1 Aug 17 (Thurs) Carina/Tom Bootcamp Day 1: Sample Class, First Day Bootcamp Day 1
2 Aug 23 (Wed) Carina/Tom Bootcamp Day 2: Board work, Review of Lesson Plans and Syllabi Bootcamp Day 2
3 Aug 30 Carina Learning Objectives/Lesson Plans, Group Work Class 3
4 Sept 6 Tom Writing Exams and Homework Class 4
5 Sept 13 (Peer visits this week) Tom Grading Rubrics, Quiz Exchange Class 5
6 Sept 20 (C10 quizzes this week) Carina Student Misconceptions Class 6
7 Sept 27 Carina/Tom Motivation/Mindset, Midsemester Evals Class 7
8 Oct 4 (Section taping this week) Carina Biases, Small Teaching Part I Class 8
9 Oct 11 Carina/Tom Small Teaching Part II Class 9
10 Oct 18 Tom Experienced GSI Q&A Class 10
11 Oct 25 (C10 quizzes this week) Tom Faculty Q&A Class 11
12 Nov 1 Tom/Carina Ethics, Teaching Statements & Portfolios Class 12
13 Nov 8 Carina Communicating Science to the Public Class 13
14 Nov 15 Carina/Tom “2-minute thesis” Talks, Celia's! Class 14


Ay 375-specific and general pedagogy

GSI Assignments

Astro C10 (Filippenko) - Nick Choksi, Jordan Fleming, Steven Giacalone, Benjamin Jeffers, Philipp Kempski, Casey Lam, Sarafina Nance, Nathan Sandford, Jackson Sipple

Astro C162 (Imke de Pater) - Chris Moeckel

Members of Ay375 (teaching times)

C10: 121 Campbell

  • M 9AM-10AM (Philipp Kempski)
  • M 10AM-11AM (Philipp Kempski)
  • M 12PM-1PM (Benjamin Jeffers)
  • M 2PM-3PM (Jordan Fleming)
  • Tu 9AM-10AM (Jackson Sipple)
  • Tu 2PM-3PM (Nick Choksi)
  • Tu 3PM-4PM (Nick Choksi)
  • W 9AM-10AM (Nathan Sandford)
  • W 10AM-11AM (Nathan Sandford)
  • W 11AM-12PM (Sarafina Nance)
  • W 12PM-1PM (Casey Lam)
  • W 1PM-2PM (Casey Lam)
  • Th 9AM-10AM (Sarafina Nance)
  • Th 10AM-11AM (Jackson Sipple)
  • Th 11AM-12PM (Benjamin Jeffers)
  • F 9AM-10AM (Steven Giacalone)
  • F 12PM-1PM (Steven Giacalone)
  • F 2PM-3PM (Jordan Fleming)

C162: 121 Campbell

  • Tu 5PM-7PM (Chris Moeckel)

Peer Visits

  • Nathan visits Casey
  • Chris visits Jordan
  • Jordan visits Steven
  • Sarafina visits Ben
  • Casey visits Sarafina
  • Steven visits Nick
  • Jackson visits Philipp
  • Nick visits Nathan
  • Philipp visits Chris
  • Ben visits Jackson

Section Taping

Week of 10/2:

  • Philipp: M 10AM-11AM (Carina)
  • Nick: Tu 3PM-4PM (Carina)
  • Chris: Tu 5PM-7PM (Carina)
  • Nathan: W 10AM-11AM (Carina)
  • Casey: W 12PM-1PM (Carina)
  • Sarafina: Th 9AM-10AM (Tom)
  • Jackson: Th 10AM-11AM (Tom)
  • Ben: Th 11AM-12PM (Tom)
  • Steven: F 12PM-1PM (Tom)
  • Jordan: F 2PM-3PM (Tom)

Previous Semesters

  • Fall 2016 (Carina Cheng, Beth McBride, Michael Medford, Jason Wang)
  • Fall 2015: Ay375 resurrected mid-semester by Aaron Lee, Francesca Fornasini, Carina Cheng
  • Fall 2014 (Aaron Lee)
  • Fall 2013 (Aaron Lee and Francesca Fornasini)
  • Fall 2012 (Jonnie Pober and Therese Jones)
  • Fall 2011 (Therese Jones and Aaron Lee)
  • Fall 2010 (Aaron Lee and Josh Shiode)
  • Fall 2009 (Josh Shiode)
  • Fall 2008 (Jeffrey Silverman and Peter Williams)
  • Fall 2007 (Jeffrey Silverman and Daniel Perley)
  • Fall 2006 (Holly Maness)