Thursday, January 18, 2018 — 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM EST

Discussion-based tutorials and seminars allow students to articulate their ideas, respond to their classmates' points, and develop skills in evaluating the evidence for their own and others' positions.  Initiating and sustaining lively, productive discussions are among the most challenging activities for a teaching assistant (TA). In this workshop, you will participate in small group discussions on issues such as how to start and guide a discussion, how to deal with problem situations and prevent the discussion from deteriorating, and how to encourage student participation. Groups will share their responses so we can all benefit from each other's experiences.

Additional information:  This session is for tutorial and seminar TAs the social sciences and humanities only. Registration required.

Thursday, January 18, 2018 — 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM EST

Many TAs in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines are responsible for teaching tutorial sessions.  However, running tutorials can pose unique challenges for TAs. In this interactive workshop, we will discuss how to create an effective tutorial environment and present ways of maximizing student participation.  Participants in this session will also be equipped with practical strategies for planning, running, and assessing their tutorials, with special attention being given to interactive teaching strategies that can be used in any classroom.

Friday, January 19, 2018 — 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM EST
stack of books

This full day event will cover a wide variety of publication issues, including the following sessions: 

  • Introduction to the publication process
  • Authors' rights
  • Negotiating authorship with integrity
  • Ask an editor (panel discussion and Q&A)

Additional Information: Registration required (opening January 3, 2018). Lunch will be provided.

Monday, January 22, 2018 — 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM EST

Our classrooms are filled with students who represent a broad range of racial, cultural, linguistic, physical, and intellectual backgrounds. This workshop provides a starting point for honouring and benefiting from this diversity in our classrooms. Through self-reflection and discussion, we'll provide teaching strategies for optimising our diverse students' engagement, comprehension, and retention.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 — 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM EST

Planning tutorials, labs, and guest lectures requires careful attention to goals, content, activities, and timing. In this workshop, you'll learn to streamline your lesson preparations and strengthen your teaching. Using a popular model of lesson planning called “BOPPPS,” you’ll learn to design lessons that align learning activities and assessments with learning outcomes. Together, we’ll analyse examples of successful lesson plans, and you'll begin to develop a lesson plan that is compatible with your teaching context and instructional style.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 — 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM EST

At this workshop, you will learn what a teaching dossier is and how you can use one. We will analyze two sample dossiers - an activity which you will begin before the workshop - to discover what constitutes an effective dossier. From there, we will turn to the teaching philosophy statement, which is a critical component of the dossier but is also the most difficult to articulate. You will receive additional resources at the workshop. Led by Tommy Mayberry, Instructional Developer at the Centre for Teaching Excellence.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 — 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM EST

In this interactive half-day workshop, you’ll learn how to prepare an effective curriculum vitae (CV) as well as how to write a professional and compelling cover letter for academic and postdoc positions.

Additional information: Registration required.

Thursday, January 25, 2018 — 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM EST

Successful teachers make it a priority to critically reflect on their teaching by tapping into the many evaluation tools available to us. In this workshop, we'll explore how teaching assistants can get evaluations of their teaching from supervisors, peers, students, and others. We'll talk about whom to ask for feedback, when to ask, and how. You'll work in groups to analyze both formal and informal feedback tools, discuss how to incorporate them into your teaching, and consider how to interpret and make use of evaluations you receive.

Friday, January 26, 2018 — 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM EST

Write together. Connect to our grad writing community to stay focused and motivated!

We’ll provide free coffee, tea, and snacks. Just come and write!

Additional information: No need to register. Bring your laptop. All grads welcome!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 — 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM EST

As teaching assistants, we aim to establish positive relationships with our undergraduate students, but we rarely get the chance to hear honestly from our students about how to best do so. This panel and workshop features current undergraduate students who provide their perspectives on how to build rapport between students and TAs. Together, we'll discuss techniques and brainstorm simple but effective strategies to help you establish positive working relationships with your undergraduates.

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