Teaching Assistants' Training Program

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

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October 2015

Making Your Syllabus Work for You and Your Students

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - ELECTIVE Sandy Carpenter, TATP Course Instructor Coordinator Lauren Norman, TATP Sciences Trainer In the university setting, a syllabus can be the primary means of communicating course objectives as well as instructor expectations. A well-crafted syllabus ensures that students understand the essential requirements for participating and succeeding in a course. But how do we put it all together? How do we make a syllabus that is a clear, meaningful, and accessible resource for our…

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Demystifying Library Research

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Electronic Classroom – Rm 4033, 130 St. George St.
Toronto,

Electronic Classroom, Robarts Library, Rm 4033 - CORE Heather Buchansky, Student Engagement Librarian, University of Toronto Libraries Courtney Lundrigan, Instructional and Reader Services Librarian, John W. Graham Library & Trinity College Eveline Houtman, Reference/Government Publications Librarian, Robarts Library What do you do with students who are baffled by Library research?  In this session, U of T librarians will share their top picks of tools, services, and research guides, and work with you to strategize responses to typical undergraduate research and…

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Troubleshooting TA Problems and Dilemmas

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

UTSC - IC318 - CORE Sasha Kovacs, TATP Humanities Trainer Ghazal Fazli, TATP Sciences Trainer The first hour of this session will present case scenarios of dilemmas and difficult situations TAs often encounter.  Participants will work together to develop strategies to use in such situations.  In the second half of the workshop, participants will share problems they themselves have dealt with; each participant will bring a problem for others to help resolve, as well as a successful strategy for dealing…

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Academic and Collaborative Technologies for Graduate Students

Thursday, October 29, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - ELECTIVE Mike Kasprzak, TATP Curriculum Developer Mariana Jardim, Faculty Liaison, Teaching, Learning and Technology  When incorporating technology-based activities in the classroom, we sometimes allow the technologies themselves to drive decisions about pedagogy, rather than look at how to achieve the desired learning outcomes for a particular course. This can result in "technology for the sake of technology" with little or no positive effects on teaching and learning outcomes (Deal, 2007). This session will discuss…

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Brown Bag Lunch: Changing Things Up

Thursday, October 29, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
CTSI Boardroom, Room 4035, 130 St. George St.
Toronto,

CTSI Boardroom, Room 4035, Robarts Library 4th Floor - ELECTIVE Robin Sutherland-Harris, TATP Humanities Coordinator At this brown bag lunch, we will focus on ways TAs can refresh their teaching. Do you find yourself repeating the same formula in your tutorials week after week? Have you been itching to try out something a bit different? If you’re considering trying something new, whether in the classroom, during office hours, or while tackling that stack of grading, come join us to brainstorm…

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November 2015

Second Language Teaching: Putting the Principles of Communicative Language Teaching to Work

Monday, November 2, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - ELECTIVE Robin Sutherland-Harris, TATP Humanities Coordinator Ahmed Kandil, TATP Social Sciences Trainer Description: In this workshop, language instructors will have the opportunity to learn about and explore some core principles of communicative language teaching (CLT) and task-based instruction. Employing a number of theoretical and empirical findings drawn from Second Language Acquisition research, this session will emphasize the pragmatic side of language teaching and provide strategies for successful implementation of CLT principles in the…

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Preparing Your Teaching Dossier

Thursday, November 5, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - CORE Sandy Carpenter, TATP Course Instructor Coordinator Ghazal Fazli, TATP Sciences Trainer The teaching dossier is a comprehensive record of teaching activities and accomplishments that is now required in applications for permanent positions at the University of Toronto and at an increasing number of institutions across North America. In this session, we will review the elements of a successful teaching dossier and discuss how to use it as a framework for setting goals…

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Learning in the U of T Classroom: Collaborative Facilitated Discussion for International TAs & Cis

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - ELECTIVE Lauren Norman, TATP Sciences Trainer Ahmed Kandil, TATP Social Sciences Trainer International graduate students bring a wealth of knowledge and skills to the classroom in which they work. Applying these skills and knowledge in the classroom at the University of Toronto often necessitates navigating cultural differences in the role of instructors and students, expectations for student engagement, and communication strategies. This discussion workshop is geared toward International Teaching Assistants (ITAs) and International…

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Fostering Academic Integrity

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - CORE Martha Harris, Academic Integrity Officer, OSAI Mariana Jardim, Faculty Liaison, Teaching, Learning and Technology  You are invigilating an exam for a course and notice something suspicious… what should you do? Or...what if you are grading a paper and find some text that matches something online? What is academic integrity, anyway, and how is a TA supposed to foster it? Despite the best intentions, many teaching assistants and students will encounter these dilemmas…

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Elements of Effective Lesson Planning

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

UTSC - 318 - CORE Lauren Norman, TATP Sciences Trainer Joel Rodgers, TATP Humanities Trainer Have you ever struggled with how to thoroughly cover a topic, effectively organize material and manage your class or lab time? Then this session is for you. In this workshop, we’ll discuss the key elements of lesson planning. Understanding these elements of lesson design will help you to: plan a lesson that entails a clear learning outcome and a road-map for how to accomplish this…

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Being in the Front of the Classroom

Friday, November 20, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - ELECTIVE Chester Scoville, Teaching Fellow, CTSI, Assistant Professor (Teaching Stream), Department of English and Drama, UTM  Academics in general, and teaching assistants especially, often experience anxiety, feelings of inadequacy, and uncertainty when facing a new group of students. This workshop will explore the hows and whys of this anxiety, and work through ways to overcome it. We will discuss how tools like marking rubrics and tutorial syllabi can help you claim your place in front of the classroom…

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Brown Bag Lunch: End-of-Term Concerns

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
CTSI Boardroom, Room 4035, 130 St. George St.
Toronto,

CTSI Boardroom, Room 4035, Robarts Library 4th Floor - ELECTIVE Robin Sutherland-Harris, TATP Humanities Coordinator At this brown-bag lunch, we’ll be focusing on concerns relating to all that comes with the end of the semester. If you’re facing a huge stack of grading or office hours full of anxious students, and want to discuss strategies, come join us! As always, any and all teaching dilemmas are welcome, whether they relate to this theme or not  

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Fair and Manageable Marking

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - CORE Charly Bank, Assistant Professor,Teaching Stream, Department of Earth Sciences and Teaching Fellow, CTSI Grades remain a common source of friction between instructors and students. Yet fair and transparent marking should help students understand why they received a certain grade. At the same time you need to manage your time. At the end of this workshop, you will be able to:  place marking into the context of learning,  name some tricks to make marking fair,…

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December 2015

Designing Meaningful Assignments

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - ELECTIVE Charly Bank, Assistant Professor,Teaching Stream, Department of Earth Sciences and Teaching Fellow, CTSI A key task of instructors is the creation of assignments that assess student learning. Meaningful assignments go beyond merely coming up with grades. Meaninful assignments provide feedback to both parties: students may see how they are doing and get ideas on what to improve on, and instructors can see what their students are struggling with and how to adjust their teaching.…

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Supporting Students in Distress

Friday, December 4, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - CORE Elliot Storm, TATP Social Sciences Coordinator Salina Abji, TATP Social Sciences Trainer This workshop will focus on how to identify, engage, refer and manage students who are withdrawn, distressed, or who present unusual requests or situations, including crisis situations. We will discuss strategies for interacting with such students, determine how and to whom to make appropriate referrals, and review resources available for teaching assistants and students.

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