Calendar

Oct
23
Mon
Participatory Learning: How to Engage Your Students
Oct 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Are you ever faced with blank stares from your students or concerned that your students really aren’t getting what you are trying to teach them?  Perhaps they are preoccupied with other things or just don’t want to participate.  In this workshop, we will explore the factors that affect student engagement and participation.  This will lead us to discover some simple techniques that you can use, as TAs, to help engage your students.  This session promises to be engaging by modelling these techniques and providing opportunities for you to participate.

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

Register for Participatory Learning: How to Engage your Students

Oct
25
Wed
Teaching in a Lab
Oct 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Teaching in a lab setting is a unique opportunity and experience. In this workshop you will have the opportunity to share your experiences and learn from other’s experiences in the lab as both a learner and a lab demonstrator. We will take a multi-disciplinary approach by bringing together lab demonstrators from all areas of Health and Science. We will offer strategies for how we can adapt practices from one lab to another. The focus will be on pre-lab talks, demonstration skills and engaging undergraduate students in the lab.

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

Register for Teaching in a Lab

Oct
31
Tue
Learn How to “DO” a Teaching Dossier
Oct 31 @ 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

Register for Learn How to “DO” a Teaching Dossier

Nov
3
Fri
Teaching with Technology and in an Online Environment
Nov 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

When teaching in an on-line environment, TAs may face a number of challenges including the development of a student learning community, providing sufficient instructions, marking and grading online etc. This workshop will highlight and provide practical strategies for teaching online. We will further engage in discussions and activities about online learning environments, including social media and other technology and how it can be used in teaching at York. Throughout the activities participants will engage with some online learning tools and look at some of the specific strategies that can help us utilize the available e-learning tools to the advantage of both students and educators. Please note this is not a workshop for learning how to use Moodle. For workshops on using Moodle please visit: http://moodle.info.yorku.ca/workshops/

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

Register for Teaching with Technology and in an Online Environment

Nov
7
Tue
Using Active Learning Strategies in your Teaching
Nov 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Creating an active learning environment means utilizing appropriate strategies to engage students in how to think critically, creatively, work with a partner or in a group setting. Active learning helps a student to develop and apply their ideas and skills. This workshop will examine active learning strategies in higher education.  Participants will engage in some example activities to see how active learning can be applied in their own classroom.

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

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Nov
14
Tue
(re)Designing Your Tutorial
Nov 14 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Whether you’ve been designing and teaching tutorials, for years, months or days, or are just thinking about preparing for your first tutorial in the winter semester, this workshop has something to offer you. We will consider different ways to structure tutorials so that you can incorporate activities to engage students and balance this with the content, skills and assessments required for your tutorial. For those of you with experience, this is an opportunity for you to reflect on your own structure and share what you do and what has been working or not working. Those of you new to designing tutorials may reflect on your experiences as students and identify what you might incorporate from your experiences and what you would change. Whatever your experience level, by the end of the workshop you will have incorporated new ideas into the design and structure of your tutorial.

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

Register for (re)Designing Your Tutorial

Nov
15
Wed
Let’s talk about social inequalities: Addressing critical and often emotionally charged issues in tutorial
Nov 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Strengthen your capacity to foster equitable classrooms. Central in fostering a teaching/learning community in the classroom is student dialogue and critical engagement with course materials. What if students’ express views that are discriminatory or oppressive? How do you, as the TA, address dynamics of classism, sexism, racism, ableism, and heteronormativity within your tutorial, which may serve to silence some students’ participation?

In this workshop we explore the challenges TAs may encounter when engaging students in learning and talking about social inequalities. What can a TA do to encourage respectful discussion around issues of oppression and privilege? How might a TA address problematic interventions without silencing students’ contributions or harming students’ self-esteem?  These are examples of some of the questions you will discuss in this workshop and together we will share and learn strategies for managing awkward silences, personal disclosures and student conflict that are potentially transformative in promoting a supportive, respectful and empowered student community in the classroom.

*It will be assumed that participants have some prior knowledge of concepts such as oppression, inequality, power and how this relates to a classroom context – you may wish to register for and attend the workshop “What is Conflict and How Might it Arise in the Classroom?” to explore these concepts prior to this workshop.

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

Register for Let’s talk about social inequalities: Addressing critical and often emotionally charged issues in tutorial

Nov
20
Mon
Introduction to Course Design Workshop for Graduate Students
Nov 20 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

This 3-hour workshop is designed for Experienced Teaching Assistants who are interested in course design, preparing for their first Course Directorship or are looking to refine and develop their experience as a Course Director. Participants will be introduced to the stages, principles and good practices of systematic course design and will engage in reflection and discussions on teaching practices as well as hands-on activities. The focus will be on facilitating an evidence-based and learner-centered learning environment that promotes deep learning.

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

Facilitated by Natasha May

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Nov
23
Thu
Dealing with Classroom and Student Conflict
Nov 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Conflict can happen both in and out of the classroom. As a TA, what have been your experiences? What are your concerns? How can you be proactive and minimize conflict in your course? Can you identify the worrisome signs? If so, how do we deal with them?

In this workshop an emphasis will be put on prevention techniques and management tools, as well as providing resources. However, this is a “burning issues” discussion based on your needs or questions you submit confidentially in advance to the facilitators.  Bring your own questions, but be prepared to help answer others’ questions by sharing your own experiences and strategies.

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

Register for Dealing with Classroom and Student Conflict

Jan
8
Mon
Marking and Grading Practices
Jan 8 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This workshop is designed for those who have received a Marker/Grader position as well as any Graduate Student (new or experienced) interested in developing sound assessment and grading practices.  This half-day session will give a brief overview of marking and grading principles, such as types of formative and summative grading practices, validity and reliability issues, as well as offer participants practical strategies for grading with rubrics.   Most of the workshop will be dedicated to marking and grading practices as participants will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge by grading sample assignments with their peers.   The focus will be on the process of grading, not  on content, as you may be asked to grade a piece of work common in your discipline (e.g. short answer questions, essays, lab reports) but not necessarily from your discipline.  This is a condensed version of the Marking and Grading Workshop for Graduate Students.

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

Register for the Marking and Grading Practices Workshop