Teaching Assistants' Training Program

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

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September 2015

Classroom Management Strategies

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

UTSC - IC318 - CORE Clare Hasenkampf, Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning; Director, Centre for Teaching and Learning, UTSC Teaching assistants are often faced with problematic situations which, if not promptly addressed, can destabilize the classroom environment and ruin both the students’ learning experience and the TAs’ teaching experience. In this interactive workshop, TAs will work together to come up with ideas and strategies to address a number of problematic case scenarios.   They will learn useful tips on how to…

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Brown Bag Lunch: Strategic Planning

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
CTSI Boardroom, Room 4035, 130 St. George St.

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 planning that TAs can do to help their students and themselves, starting early in the semester. If your students seem unprepared to start tackling that final paper or project, or unwilling to jump into discussion, come join us to discuss strategies! As always, any and all teaching dilemmas are welcome, whether they relate to this theme or not.…

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Student Engagement Techniques

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

UTSC - 318 - CORE Shadi Dalili, Senior Lecturer, Chemistry/Physical and Environmental Sciences Sheryl Stevenson, Lecturer, Centre for Teaching and Learning This highly interactive session will enable TAs and graduate students to articulate a rationale for active learning pedagogies, as well as expand their toolkit of effective strategies for engaging students in active learning. Resources such as Elizabeth Barkley’s Student Engagement Techniques (2010) will inform the session; participants will be provided with resources to consult during and after the workshop.…

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October 2015

Effective and Efficient Grading

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

UTSC - 318 - CORE Sasha Kovacs, TATP Humanities Trainer Elliot Storm, TATP Social Sciences Coordinator Have upcoming grading to do?  This workshop is designed to assist Teaching Assistants to maximize their contribution to students’ success and their own efficiency and productivity during the grading process. Topics covered will include: effective feedback, language-related issues, academic integrity, time management, grading disputes, communication and marking rubric design. Each participant is requested to bring a copy of a recent assignment (their own or…

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Reading Up: Instructional Strategies for Developing Students’ Critical Reading and Analysis

Friday, October 9, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - CORE Robin Sutherland-Harris, TATP Humanities Coordinator They did the reading...or did they? This common question presents itself to teaching assistants in classrooms across the disciplines. Students come to class unprepared to work with the readings. Why? Often, reading at university is challenging for our students. This workshop will examine the underlying barriers to successful reading in the undergraduate classroom. We will explore concrete strategies for supporting reading both inside and outside the classroom,…

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Office Hours as Teachable Moments: Structuring Student-TA Interactions Outside the Classroom

Friday, October 16, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

UTSC - IC318 - CORE Michelle Majeed, Instructional Consultant, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, University of Michigan Students and TAs often approach office hours with an equal lack of enthusiasm. For students, office hours can be inaccessible due to scheduling conflicts or feelings of intimidation when approaching their TAs. For TAs, many report that students do not show up and when they do the visits are brief and linked to assessments. Despite this ambivalence, this workshop argues that…

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