Astro 375 / Astro 300 (Fall 2019)


Class is held: Wednesdays, 5-6:30pm (non-Berkeley Time), Campbell 501B

The Bootcamp is held: Monday, Aug 26 (3:10pm-5:00pm, Campbell 131) and Tuesday, Aug 27 (3:10pm-5:00pm, Campbell 131)

Faculty Instructor: Eliot Quataert (eliot@berkeley)

Graduate Student Instructors: Michael Medford (michaelmedford@berkeley), Kareem El-Badry (kelbadry@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 26 (Mon Bootcamp) Michael/Kareem Bootcamp Day 1: Sample Class, First Day Bootcamp Day 1
2 Aug 27 (Tues Bootcamp) Michael/Kareem Bootcamp Day 2: Board work, Review of Lesson Plans and Syllabi Bootcamp Day 2
3 Sept 4 Kareem Learning Objectives, Lesson Plans Class 3
4 Sept 11 Michael Group Work, Writing Exams and Homework Class 4
5 Sept 18 (Peer visits this week) Michael/Kareem Grading Rubrics, Quiz Exchange Class 5
6 Sept 25 (C10 quizzes this week) Michael/Kareem Student Misconceptions Class 6
7 Oct 2 Kareem Student Motivation/Mindset, Biases Class 7
8 Oct 9 (Section taping this week) Michael/Kareem Class Cancelled Due to Blackouts
9 Oct 16 Michael Ethics, Assessment & Evaluation Class 8
10 Oct 23 Michael/Kareem Closing the Loop, Communicating/Lecturing Effectively Class 9
11 Oct 30 (C10 quizzes this week) Michael/Kareem Faculty Q&A Class 10
12 Nov 6 Michael Small Teaching Class 11
13 Nov 13 Michael/Kareem Planetarium Education, Teaching Statements & Portfolios Class 12
14 Nov 20 Michael Statement Exchange, Exam Review Sections, Review Class 13
15 Dec 4 Michael/Kareem Wrap-Up Class 14


Ay 375-specific and general pedagogy

GSI Assignments

Astro C10 (Filippenko) - Brian Lorenz, Caroline Reid, Shaunak Modak, Massimo Pascale, Sergiy Vasylyev, Jeremy Wayland, Richard Pan, Kevin Tang, Emma Turtelboom, Elliot Cantor

Astro 7A (Weisz) - Aliza Beverage

Astro 120 (Optical + Infrared Lab; Duchene) - Emily Ramey

Astr 160 (Stars; Lu) - Sal Fu

Members of Ay375 (teaching times)

Astro C10: 121 Campbell

  • M 9AM-10AM (Caroline)
  • M 2PM-3PM (Caroline)
  • Tu 11AM-12PM (Massimo)
  • Tu 2PM-3PM (Massimo)
  • Tu 3PM-4PM (Richard)
  • Tu 4PM-5PM (Richard)
  • W 10AM-11AM (Shaunak)
  • W 11AM-12PM (Shaunak)
  • W 12PM-1PM (Kevin)
  • W 1PM-2PM (Jeremy)
  • W 2PM-3PM (Jeremy)
  • W 4PM-5PM (Kevin)
  • Th 9AM-10AM (Brian)
  • TH 10AM-11AM (Brian)
  • Th 11AM-12PM (Emma)
  • Th 12PM-1PM (Emma)
  • Th 1PM-2PM (Elliot)
  • Th 3PM-4PM (Sergiy)
  • F 1PM-2PM (Elliot)
  • F 2PM-3PM (Sergiy)

Astr C162:

  • No section

Astr 120: 541 Campbell:

  • Tu 6PM-12AM (Emily) [no section; this is when the lab meets]

Astr 160: 131 Campbell

  • M 1PM-2PM (Sal)
  • Tu 4PM-5PM (Sal)

Astr 7A: TBD

  • M 4PM-5PM (Aliza)

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 9/26.

Brian visiting Emma (Th 11-12) Emma visiting Brian (Th 10-11) Richard visiting Emily (Tu 6-12) Sergiy visiting Massimo (Tu 11-12) Emily visiting Richard (Tu 3-4) Massimo visitin Kevin (W 4-5) Sal visiting Massimo (Tu 11-12) Aliza vising Sal (Tu 4-5) Jeremy visiting Caroline (M 9-10) Kevin visiting Shaunak (W 11-12) Shaunak visiting Elliot (F 1-2) Elliot visiting Sergiy (Th 3-4) Caroline visiting Jeremy (W 1-2) Caroline visiting Aliza (M 4-5) Shaunak visiting Kevin (F 1-2)

Section Taping


Previous Semesters

  • Fall 2018 (Carina Cheng and Michael Medford)
  • 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)