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University of Toronto students, faculty, and staff have access to Office 365, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote. Access Office 365 by clicking on the waffle icon in the top-left corner of your online Outlook/UTmai…
Purpose Low stakes writing exercises can be used to get the class thinking, to open the class, as here, and to make connections between previous learning and the new day’s activity. Low-stakes writing exercises are not graded – rather, they…
In this resource, seven instructors from the University of Toronto share their original and innovative pedagogical approaches to curriculum design that welcomes students with disabilities and mental health into their classrooms. These innov…
This resource is a concise version of the Putting the “Info” in Infographics Workshop provided by TATP. Visit TATP’s Event Calendar for the future offerings of this workshop. What is an infographic? Communicates…
What are Transferable Skills? Transferable skills are abilities and attributes that can be used across a variety of careers and environments. Skills developed through your teaching as a graduate student can set you up for success in traditi…
As a teaching assistant, you’ll soon become familiar with hearing certain complaints from students. Here are some of the most common student complaints and some suggested responses. Common Complaints “I met all the criteria in the assignmen…
A major component of the iterative writing process is giving and receiving feedback. Unfortunately, this can be one of the most challenging aspects of teaching for educators. How can instructors or teaching assistants, with limited amounts …
Community building activities are extremely useful in breaking down barriers between students in order to build a sense of community and facilitate class participation. They are particularly important if you plan to have your students inter…
Studies have shown that students form an impression of a teacher and subject area within the first 15minutes of the very first class. This impression often varies little throughout the rest of the term. Your first class is of paramount impo…
Below is a compilation of some of the best advice from teaching-award winning professors that they give to their TAs. The more time you spend (or have spent) crafting your teaching, the deeper and more diverse your interpretation of this ad…
Before Being Hired for Your First TA Position Finding Work as a TA (Teaching Assistant) To identify your own needs and qualifications for employment as a TA, you can reflect on your experience and expertise. Have you previously been employe…
An effective syllabus does more than let students know what to expect in a course; it may also provide a roadmap for navigating adversity, sustaining engagement, and accessing relevant supports. This tip-sheet is intended for course instruc…
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