Teaching International Relations Program

Attention TIRP Volunteers

  • Before the team meets to design the Team Activity Plan (TAP) , you must visit the Activities Database to select a set of materials to bring to the team planning meeting.  Review the database to print out your recommendations for the 4-week lesson plan that address the assigned topic.
  • You have 4 class sessions to accomplish your teaching objectives. The goal is to combine one or more analytical tools with cases, activities, and a simulation.


  • Not every database item is “an activity”
    → Some items are analytical frames that outline basic terms and relationships. These frames are not usually meant to be student handouts. They are "instructor notes" to guide the main ideas of your lesson planning.
  • Not every activity is meant for one class session
    → Some activities are only for 20-30 minutes. An NPR case is not meant to take a whole class period. Cases should be matched with activities. Some cases include a built-in activity.

Start with the search tag!

  • A special tag for a topic will select a limited "core set" of materials to get you started.
  • You must read through the “core set” which provides notes and gives different directions you can take in teaching your four class sessions.
    For example, the topic “political economy” is wide open. The tagged core set of database items will give different analytical frames that each go in different directions with different cases.
  • The "purple notes" or guide notes in most materials will refer you to cases and activities that are either intended or recommended to use together.


  • Your Advisement Meeting must happen at least one week before your first teaching session.
  • When the team has its Advisement Meeting, the group is required to bring these items:

    Team Activity Plan (TAP form) -- one fully completed form for the team

    Teaching Copies – one set for the team of everything listed on your TAP -- all the guide files that are each marked up with your teaching notes about what you will emphasize, how long different sections will take, what you will leave out if you run out of time, who will do each section, IR connections, etc.  You will use each teaching copy to show the staff advisor your notes on how the team will coordinate teaching each session with the activities listed on your TAP.

    Student Handouts – one set for the team of everything listed on your TAP -- all the doc files are the handouts.  You must show the advisor which handouts you are actually using (and will be needed for copying). This is espcially strategic to show what pages of the file you are not using if the activity is too long for one session.


  • At your advisement meeting, a completed TAP form & teaching copies are required. If either is missing, the meeting must be rescheduled.
    Note: If it is too late to reschedule an “on-time” meeting, the team loses points for an on-time advisement.  If you do not have student handouts, you cannot earn full points as fully prepared for the Advisement Meeting.  A team member will have to follow-up with the office to walk through all handouts to note if there are adjustments or not.