Teaching Assistants' Training Program

Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation, 130 St. George Street, Robarts Library, 4th floor

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Navigating the TA-Course Instructor Relationship: Considerations and Strategies

Thursday, April 14, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Date:
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Time:
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor – CORE

Ghazal Fazli, TATP Sciences Trainer
Mike Kasprzak, TATP Curriculum Developer

As a Teaching Assistant, you are part of a teaching team, and it is important you and the Course Instructor are in good communication regarding course and student issues. Establishing and maintaining an effective and positive relationship with a CI involves several considerations. The TA-CI relationship can be further complicated when the CI is your supervisor, member of your Ph.D. committee, or a senior departmental colleague. This workshop will explore the various considerations around the power dynamics in a TA-CI relationship as they relate to setting course objectives, discussing teaching styles, roles, allocation of hours for responsibilities and expectations. This workshop will also delve into specific strategies and mechanisms on how to respond and mitigate different challenges and optimize on opportunities in communicating effectively in a teaching team and coming together for collaborative learning and teaching, professional development and skills building.