Calendar

Nov
19
Mon
Dealing with Classroom and Student Conflict
Nov 19 @ 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

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Nov
21
Wed
Introduction to Course Design Workshop for Graduate Students
Nov 21 @ 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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Jan
10
Thu
Marking and Grading Practices
Jan 10 @ 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

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Jan
18
Fri
Fostering Integrity in the Classroom
Jan 18 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

In this workshop, we develop strategies for supporting students’ integrity in their coursework. We will focus on strategies with the potential to: build students’ sense of belonging to the disciplinary communities they’re working within, their confidence in their abilities, and the extent to which they see the purpose and value of their assignments. These are variables that UK-based study skills research suggests are important markers of student commitment to academic integrity. We may also review York’s policy on academic honesty and procedures for pursuing suspected breaches of integrity.

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

Facilitated by Dr. Stephanie Bell

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Jan
23
Wed
Learn How to use ‘Prezi’ for your Tutorials
Jan 23 @ 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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Jan
29
Tue
Classroom Strategies for When They Haven’t Done the Readings
Jan 29 @ 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
Thu
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
25
Mon
Reading Week is Over – Strategies to Maintain and Inspire Student Motivation
Feb 25 @ 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
6
Wed
How do I Know I’m on the Right Track? Strategies to Evaluate my OWN Teaching
Mar 6 @ 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
24
Wed
Learn How to “DO” a Teaching Dossier
Apr 24 @ 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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