Astro 375 / Astro 300 (Fall 2018)


Class is held: Wednesdays, Time 6:00-7:30pm, Campbell 131

The Bootcamp is held: Monday, Aug 20 (3:10pm-5:00pm, Campbell 121) and Tuesday, Aug 21 (3:10pm-5:00pm, Campbell 121)

Faculty Instructor: Eugene Chiang (echiang@astro)

Graduate Student Instructors: Carina Cheng (ccheng@berkeley), Michael Medford (michaelmedford@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.
  • 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 Instructor(s) Topics Lesson Plan Link
1 Aug 20 (Mon Bootcamp) Carina/Michael Bootcamp Day 1: Sample Class, First Day Bootcamp Day 1
2 Aug 21 (Tues Bootcamp) Carina/Michael Bootcamp Day 2: Board work, Review of Lesson Plans and Syllabi Bootcamp Day 2
3 Aug 29 Carina/Michael Learning Objectives, Lesson Plans Class 3
4 Sept 5 Carina Group Work, Writing Exams and Homework Class 4
5 Sept 12 (Peer visits this week) Carina/Michael Grading Rubrics, Quiz Exchange Class 5
6 Sept 19 (C10 quizzes this week) Carina Student Misconceptions Class 6
7 Sept 26 Carina/Michael Student Motivation/Mindset, Biases Class 7
8 Oct 3 (Section taping this week) Carina/Michael Ethics, Assessment & Evaluation Class 8
9 Oct 10 Carina/Michael Closing the Loop, Faculty Q&A Class 9
10 Oct 17 Carina/Michael Communicating/Lecturing Effectively Class 10
11 Oct 24 (C10 quizzes this week) Carina/Michael Small Teaching Class 11
12 Oct 31 Carina/Michael Planetarium Education, Teaching Statements & Portfolios Class 12
13 Nov 7 Michael Statement Exchange, Exam Review Sections, Review Class 13
14 Nov 14 Carina Wrap-Up Class 14


Ay 375-specific and general pedagogy

GSI Assignments

Astro C10 (Filippenko) - Andrea Antoni, Bryan Brzycki, Brandon Coy, Umran Hji, Dhruv Muley, Kishore Patra, Arjun Savel, Costas Soler, Jamie Sullivan, Keming Zhang

Astro C13 (Quataert) - Andy Mayo

Astro 7A (Weisz) - Ellie Schwab

Math 1A (Paulin) - Kate Edwards

Members of Ay375 (teaching times)

Astro C10: 121 Campbell

  • M 9AM-10AM (Kishore)
  • M 10AM-11AM (Jamie)
  • M 12PM-1PM (Kishore)
  • M 2PM-3PM (Costas)
  • Tu 9AM-10AM (Andrea)
  • Tu 10AM-11AM (Brandon)
  • Tu 11AM-12PM (Arjun)
  • Tu 1PM-2PM (Dhruv)
  • Tu 2PM-3PM (Dhruv)
  • Tu 3PM-4PM (Jamie)
  • Tu 4PM-5PM (Brandon)
  • W 9AM-10AM (Umran)
  • W 12PM-1PM (Bryan)
  • W 1PM-2PM (Bryan)
  • Th 9AM-10AM (Andrea)
  • Th 12PM-1PM (Keming)
  • Th 1PM-2PM (Costas)
  • F 9AM-10AM (Umran)
  • F 12PM-1PM (Keming)
  • F 2PM-3PM (Arjun)

Astro C13: VLSB 3003

  • Tu 4PM-6PM, W 12PM-2PM (Andy)

Astro 7A: 121 Campbell

  • M 1PM-2PM (Ellie)

Math 1A: 2 Evans

  • M,W,F 4PM-5PM (Kate)

Peer Visits

Everyone who is teaching must be visited by at least one person. Everyone must go on at least one visit. After going on your visit, complete the Peer Visitation Worksheet and meet up with the person for a quick discussion. Bring the form to class on 9/19.

  • Costas visits Dhruv
  • Jamie visits Bryan
  • Andrea visits Andy
  • Arjun visits Ellie
  • Brandon visits Arjun
  • Keming visits Brandon
  • Kate visits Kishore
  • Andy visits Andrea
  • Umran visits Keming
  • Dhruv visits Umran
  • Ellie visits Kate
  • Bryan visits Jamie
  • Kishore visits Costas

Section Taping

Week of 10/1:

  • Kishore: M 9am-10am (Michael)
  • Ellie: M 1pm-2pm (Carina)
  • Costas: M 2pm-3pm (Carina)
  • Kate: M 4pm-5pm (Carina)
  • Andrea: Tu 9am-10am (Michael)
  • Arjun: Tu 11am-12pm (Carina)
  • Dhruv: Tu 2pm-3pm (Michael)
  • Jamie: Tu 3pm-4pm (Carina)
  • Brandon: Tu 4pm-5pm (Carina)
  • Umran: W 9am-10am (Michael)
  • Andy: W 12pm-1pm (Michael)
  • Bryan: W 1pm-2pm (Michael)
  • Keming: Th 12pm-1pm (Carina)

Previous Semesters

  • Fall 2017 (Carina Cheng and Tom Zick)
  • 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)