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January 2018

Job Training Day: Sciences and Engineering

January 16 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library, 4th Floor This is a 5-hour training day for first-contract and returning TAs 10:00am - 12:00pm: General Pedagogical Training 12:15pm - 1:15pm: Tutorial Training Discussion Based Tutorials; Skills Based Tutorials: Problem Sets; or Labs and Practicals 1:30pm - 2:30pm: Grading or Adapting Teaching Techniques All departments may allow TAs to use this three-hour session as their paid mandatory training (per the collective agreement between C.U.P.E. 3902 and the University of Toronto). If this is the case, please read…

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Job Training Day: Humanities & Social Sciences

January 19 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library, 4th Floor This is a 4-hour training day for first-contract and returning TAs 10:00am - 12:00pm: General Pedagogical Training 12:15pm - 1:15pm: Tutorial Training Discussion Based Tutorials; Skills Based Tutorials: Supporting Student Writing; or Review and Q&A 1:30pm - 2:30pm: Grading or Adapting Teaching Techniques All departments may allow TAs to use this three-hour session as their paid mandatory training (per the collective agreement between C.U.P.E. 3902 and the University of Toronto). If this is the case, please…

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Equity in your Classroom: Basic Principles

January 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - CORE Fady Shanouda, TATP Social Sciences Coordinator Joe Curnow, TATP Social Sciences Trainer In this workshop, participants will be introduced to basic equity terminology and principles. We will work through various scenarios around how these issues arise in our classrooms and collaboratively generate strategies that addressing inequity. By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to: identify equity issues on campus and in our classrooms (including racism, settler colonialism, ableism/saneism, sexism,…

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February 2018

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

February 1 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - ELECTIVE Joel Rodgers, TATP Humanities Trainer Marie Vander Kloet, Assistant Director, TATP/CTSI 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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Supporting English & Multi-Language Learners in Your Classroom: TAs and Students

February 9 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - ELECTIVE Kangbin Zhou, TATP Sciences Trainer Cristina D'Amico, TATP Humanities Trainer The number of international students and international TAs is at an all-time high and growing at the University of Toronto. Multi-language learners bring unique contributions to the classroom experience, but often face structural barriers that hinder their academic performance: communicating in class or performing well on written assignments. In addition, TAs receive minimal training for dealing effectively with MLL/ELL students. With this…

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Helping students Connect with Resources: Learning strategists at UofT

February 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - CORE Kathleen Ogden, Learning Strategist, Academic Success Kris Kim, Learning Strategist, Academic Success Liam O'Leary, Learning Strategist, St. Michael's College This workshop will introduce TAs and course instructors to the work that Learning Strategists do around the UofT campus, including the kind of support offered in one-on-one appointments, the kinds of workshops we develop and deliver, and the resources that we develop and share with students. We will also discuss the reasons why…

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Advanced Equity Pedagogies: Cultivating Equitable Interaction through Tutorial/Course Facilitation and Design

February 26 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - CORE Fady Shanouda, TATP Social Sciences Coordinator Joe Curnow, TATP Social Sciences Trainer Are you doing work to address racialization, settler colonialism, transphobia, ableism, and/or gender bias in your classroom? If so, join us to reflect on your practices, learn from others, and build skills for refining your interventions through course and tutorial design and facilitation methods. By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to analyze their own teaching practices/strategies…

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March 2018

Politicizing Sciences: Addressing Socio-Scientific Issues in University Classes

March 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - ELECTIVE Shawn Xiong, TATP Sciences Coordinator Majd Zouda, TATP Social Sciences Trainer To what extent scientists are responsible to address socio-political issues in their classrooms? Many science questions are as scientific as they are moral, philosophical, and political. For instance, the rapid progress in gene editing provides the ability for scientists and doctors to fix the human embryo and fetus, this stands for a Nobel-Prize like achievement. However, such scientific breakthrough often brings…

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TATP Course Design Institute 2018

March 9 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - CORE Joel Rodgers, TATP Course Instructor Training Coordinator The TATP Course Design Institute will provide you with an introduction to the principles and process of course design. Guided by experienced teachers, facilitators, and collaborators, you will learn how to design (or re-design) a course of your choosing in order to enhance students’ learning experiences. This institute is intended for graduate students preparing to apply for course instructor positions, as well as experienced graduate…

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Simple But Not Simplified: TAing for First and Second Year Classes

March 14 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - CORE Abdullah Farooqi, TATP Humanities Trainer Laurie Drake, TATP Humanities Trainer   TAing for first and second year classes can often feel overwhelming. There is usually a wide range of materials to cover, and at times it might seem that students lack the learning tools they need to grasp the new material. TA’s might also feel they lack the necessary teaching tools to help students through this. By combining course content with skills-based…

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Stop Fact-Dumping, Start Story-Telling

March 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - ELECTIVE Shawn Xiong, TATP Sciences Coordinator Kangbin Zhou, TATP Sciences Trainer Alli Diskin, TATP Program Assistant “Once upon a time, in a land far, far way, teachers told tantalizing, creative stories that piques the interest of the novice mind into applying and learning challenging concepts in various domains. These stories ignited a light that formed lasting memories so that they could be applied to solve everyday problems, ensure survival, and pass on this…

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April 2018

Preparing Your Teaching Dossier

April 3 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - CORE Marie Vander Kloet, Assistant Director, CTSI/TATP Shawn Xiong, TATP Sciences Coordinator 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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Take Risks, Teach Creativity

April 5 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor - CORE Sandy Carpenter, TATP Humanities Coordinator Jillian Bieser, TATP Sciences Trainer Do you want to invigorate your teaching with new strategies, techniques, or activities, but are not sure where to start? Maybe you want to try something new in the classroom, but are afraid of resistance from students if you change things up? In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to discuss the benefits and limitations of taking teaching risks. We will…

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