Pedagogical Training

Writing Center Fellow Training (Princeton University)

All Princeton Writing Center Fellows (both graduate and undergraduate) must attend an intensive two-day training session in September. This training instructs fellows in the Writing Center’s pedagogy of one-on-one, conference-style workshops to assist students across disciplines and at all levels in every step of the writing process — from brainstorming and research to polishing a finished paper.

McGraw Teaching Seminar* (Princeton University)

This course is open to graduate students and faculty members from all disciplines by application. The course engages participants in critical discussions of current scholarship in the fields of learning and pedagogy, with opportunities to apply new pedagogical approaches in their own teaching practice. Participants will refine their understanding of teaching as they reflect meaningfully on the approaches and critical skills gained in their own disciplines as part of a liberal arts education. Throughout the year, participants engage not only with current research and literature on a range of issues in higher education, but also discuss and apply the lessons from that material in developing strategies for inclusive classroom teaching and for assessing and reflecting on their students’ achievements. At the end of the seminar, participants draft an original syllabus, as well as a teaching statement.

Topics covered included:

  1. The Problem of Learning and Inquiry-Based Pedagogy (Oct. 16)
  2. Disciplinary Knowledge and Practices: From Novice to Expert and Back Again (Nov. 20)
  3. Course Assessment and Grading (Dec. 11)
  4. Classroom Teaching and Strategies for Active Learning  (Feb. 4)
  5. Online Course Environments and Blended Learning (Mar. 5)
  6. Putting it All Together: Integrated Course Design (Apr. 8)
  7. Writing Syllabuses and Teaching Philosophies (Apr 29)
  8. Workshop on Syllabus and Teaching Philosophy Drafts (May 6)

*To read personal reflections on individual seminars, see blog.

Princeton AI (Assistant in Instruction) Orientation

Most graduate students will teach at Princeton as Assistants in Instruction (AIs), and all who do are required to participate in a mandatory AI Orientation before they teach for the first semester. AIs are found meeting in small groups with students, leading discussions and problem solving sessions, teaching labs, consulting with students in office hours, grading and assisting in the design and delivery of courses.

The Orientation promotes effective, research-based teaching strategies specific to your discipline, helps new AIs gain information about campus resources, practice teaching and get feedback from experienced teachers, and embark on or continue their professional development as teachers.

Second Language Acquisition Pedagogy Seminar

All first-year graduate students in the French and Italian department at Princeton must take a one-semester course on second language acquisition pedagogy before being allowed to teach introductory language classes. This course not only provides graduate students with a theoretical framework for teaching foreign language, covering a wide range of methodologies, but also teaches us practical strategies for designing lesson plans, scaffolding activities, structuring class time, and incorporating authentic cultural texts and images into even a basic language course.

Courses Taught

Digital Humanities:

XPath, XSLT, XQuery (Université Paris 3 — Sorbonne Nouvelle)

Objectifs en termes de connaissances (type de connaissances visées) :

  • Apprendre comment XML et ses technologies associées fonctionnent et comment elles facilitent l’intégration entre les applications
  • Comprendre de manière théorique la structure des documents encodés et comment XPath et XQuery peuvent y trouver des informations pertinentes
  • Reconnaître les propriétés qui s’appliquent aux types de nœuds XPath
  • Interroger des données XML avec XPath
  • Reconnaître quand utiliser les méthodes intégrées du type de données XML

Objectifs en termes de compétences (objectifs opérationnels)

  • Maîtriser la syntaxe principale de XML, DTD et schéma XML
  • Faire la sélection dans un document avec XPath
  • Transformer un document avec XSLT
  • Utiliser les fonctions de base intégrées de XQuery
  • Créer une fonction XQuery
  • Interroger des données XML avec XQuery

Computer-Assisted Text Analysis (ViaX Education)

By learning and practicing in this workshop, students will gain a hands-on introduction to digital humanities, a few of its most powerful tools, and the types of research questions those tools can be used to answer. In this workshop, students will learn to approach texts as digital and computable objects, theoretically engaging with media theory, archival and text technologies, and computational methods of literary analysis. Most importantly, students in this course will build the critical skills to develop worthwhile qualitative questions that can potentially be answered using these new quantitative tools, allowing the workshop to culminate in the creation of a research proposal for a digital humanities project of their choosing.

French Literature Courses:

French 401, Les Misérables (Princeton University), Spring 2017 (Assistant in Instruction)

A detailed exploration of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables on the occasion of its 150th anniversary. We will pick out as many as we can of its uncountable threads, from military history to revolution and revolt, industrial expansion, religious and moral thought, antiquarianism, family relations, oppression and justice, the city of Paris, dialectal speech, sentimentality, romantic love — in short, to grasp and appreciate a vast novel that contains all stories ever told. In addition, we will look at the afterlife of Les Misérables in different forms and places, from Yiddishland to Mumbai, from musicals to movies.

French 207, Studies in French Language and Style (Princeton University), Fall and Spring 2017

A study of French contemporary culture and society. Intensive oral and written study of vocabulary, grammar, and idiomatic expressions prepares students for advanced courses in French literature and civilization and for working programs in French-speaking countries. Small class format. Strong emphasis on discussion. Film series. Intensive practical training in oral and written French.

French Language Courses:

French 107 (Princeton University), Spring 2016 (Assistant in Instruction, sole instructor)

The main objective of this course is to develop students’ listening, speaking and writing skills, while giving them a foundation for understanding and appreciation of French-speaking cultures. There is a thorough review of French grammar and a selection of cultural units chosen to improve proficiency and give practice of newly acquired linguistic material.

French 103 (Princeton University), Fall 2013 (Assistant in Instruction, sole instructor)

FRE 103 is an intensive beginning and intermediate language course designed for students who have already studied French (typically no more than 2-3 years). Covering in one semester the material presented in FRE 101 and FRE 102, this course prepares students to take FRE 107 the following semester. Classroom activities include comprehension and grammar exercises, conversation, skits, and working with a variety of audio-visual materials.

French 101 (Princeton University), Fall 2012 (Assistant in Instruction, sole instructor)

This class develops the basic structures and vocabulary for understanding, speaking, writing, and reading in French. Classroom activities foster communication and cultural competence through comprehension and grammar exercises, skits, conversation and the use of a variety of audio-visual materials.