Calendar

Jan
25
Thu
Learn How to use ‘Prezi’ for your Tutorials
Jan 25 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Think your tutorial could use a little more life? Bring your own laptop and learn what Prezi, the zooming presentation editor, is all about. This personal development session will teach you the basics of Prezi, from creating your own educational account to applying the online software to delivering engaging and memorable tutorials. Requirement: Bring your laptop! 

This workshop will count towards the Teaching Commons ‘Record of Completion’ certificate

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Teaching Ethnographic Reading Strategies
Jan 25 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

This session aims to help TAs in the Social Sciences, particularly Anthropology, hone their ethnographic teaching skills.

As a qualitative research methodology, as theory, and as a literary genre, ethnography is a powerful medium for cross-cultural comparative study. However, due to its deceptively straightforward presentation, undergraduate students often have difficulty reading ethnographies, especially when asked to identify and distinguish its key elements. This session will provide TAs with a hands-on approach for understanding: i. ethnographic foundations (e.g., what ethnography is, how it is constructed), and ii. applied strategies for teaching and reading ethnography (e.g., learning how to read and identify key components of an ethnographic text).

Laptops or tablets are recommended for this session, as TAs will learn to construct personalized reading guides as well as engage with collaborative annotation software.

This workshop will count towards the Teaching Commons ‘Record of Completion’ certificate

Facilitated by Jessica Caporusso, Senior Teaching Assistant in the Department of Anthropology

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Jan
30
Tue
Classroom Strategies for When They Haven’t Done the Readings
Jan 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

All prepped and armed with activities for the interactive session you expect with students but find yourself engaged in a monologue with blank, vacant stares and silence from students who have not done the assigned readings? What to do?

In this workshop you will engage in small group activities and large group discussions to come up with strategies to salvage and prevent such situations and encourage students to do and even enjoy assigned readings.

This workshop will count towards the Teaching Commons ‘Record of Completion’ certificate

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Feb
7
Wed
Teaching, Research, and a Life? Finding the Right Balance.
Feb 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Teaching, Research, A Life, oh my! Up to your eyeballs in  tutorial  or lab preparation, marking, course work, research etc.  with no light at the end of the tunnel? Finding the right balance NOW is essential to your well-being. Take a break and end this preposterous cycle with others in the same boat by joining our 1 hour informative and supportive workshop.  One-hour spent at this workshop will save you numerous hours later on.  We promise there’s a light at the end of the tunnel…we’ll discover it together.

In this workshop you will interact with the other participants and develop a plan to follow to ensure you balance all of your responsibilities and leave time for yourself, family and friends!

This workshop will count towards the Teaching Commons ‘Record of Completion’ certificate

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Feb
27
Tue
Reading Week is Over – Strategies to Maintain and Inspire Student Motivation
Feb 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Having trouble engaging, motivating and getting your students to participate in discussions in your classroom?  Join us for a one hour workshop where we will explore strategies to inspire and maintain motivation in the classroom.  Bring your ideas and be prepared to participate in a variety of activities designed to help you motivate your students.  After this workshop, you will have something new to try in your own class to help motivate your students.

This workshop will count towards the Teaching Commons ‘Record of Completion’ certificate

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Mar
5
Mon
How do I Know I’m on the Right Track? Strategies to Evaluate my OWN Teaching
Mar 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

TAs usually ask themselves, “How well am I teaching?”. This should not be a rhetorical question because the practice of evaluation is already part of a culture of education widely recognized by students and teachers alike. For this reason this workshop aims to explore different strategies that TAs can use to evaluate their teaching practice with an opportunity for participants to experience some of these strategies and evaluate and discuss with others which will work best for them, or in which situation.

Please also see our TA Feedback Guide – a resource to help you with different strategies to evaluate your teaching.

This workshop will count towards the Teaching Commons ‘Record of Completion’ certificate

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Apr
25
Wed
Learn How to “DO” a Teaching Dossier
Apr 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The teaching dossier or teaching portfolio is a condensed reflection of your teaching philosophy and accomplishments. It essentially serves as a tool that will provide evidence of your teaching quality and effectiveness. This session is intended to provide you with the basics of creating and assembling your own teaching dossier as well as an opportunity to see examples of dossiers from others academia.  You will have the opportunity to interact with other participants to help you start thinking about, forming and writing your own teaching philosophy statement.  So,  please join us as we provide an overview of the must-sees of the teaching dossier and discuss its purpose, construction, and also the evaluation of teaching dossiers.

This workshop will count towards the Teaching Commons ‘Record of Completion’ certificate

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