Teaching Assistants' Training Program

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January 2016

Developing Your Teaching Philosophy and Dossier: A Personal Teaching Journey

Thursday, January 14, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

UTSC - AA160 - CORE Mike Kasprzak, TATP Curriculum Developer 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. A statement of one’s teaching philosophy is a key part of the dossier. In this session, we will review the elements of a successful teaching dossier and discuss how to use it as a framework…

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Authentic Engagement in the Learning Environment

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

UTSC - IC318 - ELECTIVE Ghazal Fazli, TATP Sciences Trainer Creating a collaborative, stimulating and effective learning environment requires much more than attention to content. As TAs, we must also develop a confident, comfortable classroom presence, while at the same time making sure that we are connecting with students who have different personalities and learning styles. In this workshop, how to develop and refine our teaching styles so we may authentically engage with a varied student body will be considered.…

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Brown Bag Lunch: Strategic Planning

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 @ 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 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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February 2016

PowerPoint and Beyond: Using Visual Aids in the Classroom

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

CTSI Teaching Studio, Room 4034, Robarts Library 4th Floor - ELECTIVE Joel Rodgers, TATP Humanities Trainer David Chan, TATP Sciences Trainer PowerPoint and other slideware have become ubiquitous in post-secondary classrooms, and these new technologies have attracted both critics and defenders. This workshop will locate this debate around slideware presentations within the broader question of how to use visual aids effectively in our teaching. What are the benefits and limits of slideware as a pedagogical tool? What are some alternatives to…

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Creating Healthy Learning Environments

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

UTSC - 318 - CORE Ghazal Fazli, UTSC TA Trainer and PhD Candidate, Health Policy This workshop will provide participants with information on identifying services and resources on campuses and strategies for promoting a healthy learning environment in tutorials and through other forms of contact with their students outside of tutorials (e.g. emails, online teaching platforms, office hours).  

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Where Did I Lose Marks? Changing the Conversation on Grading and Feedback

Friday, February 5, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - CORE Michael Dick, TATP Social Sciences Trainer Mike Kasprzak, TATP Curriculum Developer Where did I lose marks?” “Why did you give me this grade?” “What did I do wrong?” “Can’t you just increase my grade by a few marks?” These are just some of the questions you often field from students when they receive grades and feedback on their tests, exams, and assignments. As Teaching Assistants, our goal is to evaluate work according…

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Feedback on the Fly: How to Collect, Interpret, and Respond to Student Mid-course Feedback

Monday, February 8, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - ELECTIVE Joel Rodgers, TATP Humanities Trainer Alex Motut, TATP Social Sciences Trainer After a few weeks into the term, how do we know if our class is going well? Assessing our teaching at the end of a course can be difficult enough, yet it’s equally important to hear and respond to our students’ feedback on our teaching while we still have time to modify our approach in the classroom. But how should we…

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Navigating Power Roles

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

UTSC - IC318 - ELECTIVE Ghazal Fazli, TATP Sciences Trainer Research focused on student engagement demonstrates that undergraduates value the relationships they have with TAs highly. The research also highlights that interaction with students inside and outside of the classroom are key to engaging students and for their supporting academic success. This workshop will focus on developing concrete methods for navigating relationships between students, TAs and course instructors.  Facilitators and attendees will work through a series of case studies with the…

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Developing Inter-Cultural Competencies as Graduate Student Teachers at U of T

Monday, February 22, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - ELECTIVE Sandy Carpenter, TATP Course Instructor Training Coordinator Ahmed Kandil, TATP Social Sciences Trainer As the University of Toronto persists toward internationalization, so too the graduates student body continues to become more and more international. As international graduate students transition to life at the University of Toronto, they may often notice the sometimes striking differences in the educational system and academic culture at U of T in relation to their previous educational experiences…

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Preparing Your Teaching Dossier

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - CORE Lia Frederiksen, TATP Social Sciences Trainer Salina Abji, TATP Social 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…

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Phases of Learning: The 5 E’s Model of Lesson Design

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - ELECTIVE Robin Sutherland-Harris, TATP Humanities Coordinator Alex Stewart, TATP Sciences Trainer Lesson plan templates can be helpful, but can also feel restrictive. Winging it can be exhilarating, but can also backfire! Is it possible to strike a balance between an ordered approach to lesson planning and encouraging students to let their learning take the lead in your class? In this workshop, participants will explore the 5 E’s – Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and…

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Brown Bag Lunch: Changing Things Up

Thursday, February 25, 2016 @ 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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Speaking is Teaching: Fostering Student Engagement Through Communication Training

Friday, February 26, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - CORE Sasha Kovacs, TATP Humanities Trainer Alli Diskin, TATP Program Assistant Recent research (Mowbray and Perry 2015) suggests that poor lecturing and speaking skills “can detract from students’ learning experiences and outcomes.” A substantial amount of current literature offers that public speaking training can improve teaching, foster student topic retention, and support higher learning standards (Andrews, 2006; Felder & Brent, 1999). This workshop draws on recent scholarship about the value of public speaker…

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Why Do It Alone?: Effective Collaboration and Building a Teaching Community

Friday, February 26, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - ELECTIVE Robin Sutherland-Harris, TATP Humanities Coordinator Sasha Kovacs, TATP Humanities Trainer For graduate student instructors, teaching in a large institution can be a solitary task. Although we are surrounded by other teachers, we often find ourselves working alone, unable to access learning and teaching communities developed for both undergraduate students and full time faculty members. This workshop will introduce participants to the benefits of teaching and learning communities. We will use games, structured…

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March 2016

Accessibility 101: An Introduction to Accessible Teaching and Learning at the University of Toronto

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - CORE Elliot Storm, TATP Social Sciences Coordinator Alex Stewart, TATP Sciences Trainer This interactive workshop will introduce participants to some broad issues related to enhancing accessibility in various teaching and learning environments. We will discuss the differences between accessibility and accommodation, provide an overview of the policy context at the University of Toronto, identify resources for students and TAs alike, and discuss some simple strategies that graduate student teachers can immediately implement to…

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