Teaching Assistants' Training Program

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

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September 2018

Discussion Based Tutorials for the Humanities & Social Sciences

September 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor In this training session, we will review strategies for leading effective discussion-based tutorials in both classroom and lab settings.  We will explore how to prepare yourself to lead an engaging discussion, how you can encourage students to come to tutorial prepared for meaningful discussion, and what to do when students do not arrive prepared. TAs will experience a selection of interactive activities that will highlight techniques for facilitating discussion once it’s underway and model…

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Skills Based Tutorials: Problem Sets

September 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor Learning how to effectively and efficiently solve problems is the key to success in many math, science and engineering disciplines. This training session will expose TAs to proven approaches to working with students who are learning the process for solving problems in their discipline. Participants in this session will learn how to plan effective problem set tutorials, designed to best support student learning and promote long-term understanding.  We will also look at different ways…

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Labs and Practicals

September 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

Blackburn Room, 4th Floor Robarts Library Facilitating laboratory sessions is a complex task that even the most experienced teaching assistants are constantly aiming to refine. On the one hand, labs usually follow a well-constrained step-by-step methodology. On the other hand, it is not always clear how this methodology supports a theoretical concept, or how a specific experiment fits into the course as a whole, or how a concept or experimental process may be translated to a real-life scenario.  These complexities…

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Review and Q&A – CANCELLED

September 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Blackburn Room, 4th Floor Robarts Library In this training session, we will discuss strategies that support the planning and delivery of effective Review/Q&A sessions.  We will identify strategies to check for student understanding and to support students in their preparation for assignments, tests and exams. TAs will learn  practical advice and tips to offer students who are struggling to develop effective course review and study  skills. TAs will also learn some activities that can assist students in remembering and articulating…

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Adapting Teaching Techniques (ATT)

September 18 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Blackburn Room, 4th Floor Robarts Library Tutorials at the University of Toronto come in all shapes and sizes.  As a TA, you need to be prepared to adapt your lesson planning, your learning activities and even your overall teaching approach to different types of tutorials.  In this training session, you will learn how to adapt different teaching techniques to accommodate the different teaching contexts that you may encounter.  You will have the opportunity to develop a ‘toolkit’ of resources that…

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Discussion Based Tutorials for the Sciences & Engineering

September 20 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am EDT

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor In this training session, we will review strategies for leading effective discussion-based tutorials in both classroom and lab settings.  We will explore how to prepare yourself to lead an engaging discussion, how you can encourage students to come to tutorial prepared for meaningful discussion, and what to do when students do not arrive prepared. TAs will experience a selection of interactive activities that will highlight techniques for facilitating discussion once it’s underway and model…

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Skills Based Tutorials: Supporting Student Writing

September 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor This training session will focus on how to support students in the process of developing writing skills. Over the course of the session, we will discuss various approaches to engaging your students through writing, both through in-class writing activities and assigned writing outside the classroom. TAs in this workshop will review key principles of effective grading that serve to support the development of writing skills in students. Participants will also have the opportunity to…

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Skills Based Tutorials: Critical Reading & Reflection

September 20 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor In this training session, we will discuss strategies to encourage students to engage in both critical reading and reflection. We will address the challenge of unprepared students through examining underlying barriers to successful reading in the undergraduate classroom. TAs in this session will explore concrete strategies for supporting reading both inside and outside the classroom, and discuss methods for integrating reading strategies that promote deep learning and comprehension throughout tutorials. Please note: This session…

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UTSC: Managing Your Classroom: Dealing with Student Disengagement, Uncivil Behaviour and Digital Distractions

September 21 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am EDT

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 prevent these situations, as well as how to effectively respond to these challenges without getting disillusioned and without compromising…

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UTSC: Strengthening Students’ Research and Writing Skills

September 26 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

This workshop mixes brief presentations with activities that enable participants to (1) identify common undergraduate problems with research, (2) learn current best practices and resources to address such problems, and (3) formulate strategies they would use to help students improve their research process. The workshop is held in the Library Instruction Lab at UTSC. It provides participants with an in-depth, hands-on guide to top resources for research, including resources specific to the U of T/UTSC context, with special attention to research strategies and support that…

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Job Training Day: Humanities & Social Sciences

September 27 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm EDT

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library, 4th Floor This is a 4-hour training day for first-contract and returning TAs 9:00am - 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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October 2018

UTSC: Effective and Efficient Grading

October 2 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

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 for a class they are TA-ing).

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Job Training Day: Sciences and Engineering

October 3 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm EDT

Blackburn Room, Robarts Library, 4th Floor This is a 5-hour training day for first-contract and returning TAs 9:00am - 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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Brown Bag Lunch: Starting the Semester

October 9 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

Do you have a dilemma, challenge, or question about teaching? Have you been experimenting with new teaching techniques in your classroom, or would you like to try out a new technique and talk it through with some of your colleagues and experienced TATP facilitators? Bring your lunch and join us to troubleshoot your teaching concerns, brainstorm creative solutions to your teaching conundrums or questions, and share strategies for teaching in your discipline. All questions and ideas, large and small, are…

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Helping students Connect with Resources: Learning strategists at UofT

October 10 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

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 TAs/CIs might direct their students to connect with a Learning Strategist, and how they could use Learning Strategists as resources in their classrooms.

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