Calendar

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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Feb
26
Tue
Active Learning Workshop: The Jigsaw Classroom
Feb 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

This workshop introduces participants to the jigsaw classroom, a cooperative, active-learning approach successfully applied by the facilitator to undergraduate courses in the social study of health/global health. The jigsaw classroom can be applied in any discipline.

In the jigsaw classroom learners are organized into groups with different yet complementary tasks, prepare to perform these tasks both individually (at home) and within “expert” groups (in the classroom), subsequently peers teach to members of their “jigsaw” groups, and are evaluated both individually and collectively.

The jigsaw classroom was developed with the purpose of increasing learner engagement, minimizing passive activities (e.g., lecture), promoting individual and collective accountability for learning, and fostering cooperation among learners. As these goals are achieved, the classroom environment becomes more inclusive, learning outcomes are enhanced, and the pleasure of learning is enhanced.

Participants of this workshop will join teams and learn this pedagogical approach through its actual application. They will also receive a packet of information material to facilitate the implementation of this pedagogical approach in the classroom.

Learning outcomes

  1. List key features of the jigsaw classroom
  2. Identify strengths and weaknesses of the jigsaw classroom from the perspective of educators and learners
  3. Evaluate its applicability to current or planned courses

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

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Mar
4
Mon
Teaching E-critical Reading Skills Workshop for Humanities TAs
Mar 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Wondering how you can help your students get the course readings done in an increasingly online reading environment? Students are less inclined than ever to print online materials and make notes on hard copies, preferring instead to read them on a screen, whether a computer, a laptop, a tablet, or even their phone. In this workshop we consider the current research on the momentous shift to “hyper reading” and the barriers students face to effective reading online. Then we will work together to come up with strategies for supporting our students as they become e-literate, e-critical readers of scholarly articles and other course materials. We will also explore Evernote, Adobe Reader, and Moodle as note-taking apps.

Please bring to the workshop your laptop, tablet, or phone. A pdf will be sent to all registered participants by March 2 for us to work with during the session.

The workshop is facilitated by Senior Teaching Assistant Patricia Bentley, a Ph.D. Candidate ABD in the Department of Humanities, York University, and a Tutorial Leader, Stories in Diverse Media 2018-2019.

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

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Mar
6
Wed
Discovering your Views on Teaching and Learning within Sociology
Mar 6 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

As Emile Durkheim claims, “education is an eminently social thing in its origins as in its functions…therefore, pedagogy depends on sociology more closely than any other science.” Reflecting on this postulation, this workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to identify the ways in which the discipline of sociology, or their disciplinary training as students of sociology, informs their teaching philosophy. Teaching philosophies are personal statements rooted in our dynamic experiences as students, teachers and individuals. Through reflective writing and small group work, participants will evaluate their teaching approach within and in relation to sociology, and develop a preliminary teaching philosophy statement. Some of the questions we will explore include: What are the sociological ways of knowing you practice in your classroom? What is your understanding of the classroom space? What is your role as a teacher? What is your commitment to teaching?

The workshop is facilitated by Sonia D’Angelo , a Senior Teaching Assistant in the Department of Sociology, York University.

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

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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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Mar
21
Thu
Overcoming Challenges as a Science TA
Mar 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Being a teaching assistant impacts several aspects of your graduate student life and comes with numerous challenges of its own. Although TA-ing can be a challenge, there are a lot of ways in which it can be a more rewarding experience. In this workshop you will build upon your own experiences as well as draw from the experiences of your peers. By the end of this session, you will learn how to effectively deal with various student personalities, be more prepared for lab sessions as well as professional conduct expected of you from your course/lab instructors.  In addition to helping you reflect on your teaching, we will also incorporate pointers for making the most of this experience to enhance your own professional development. Through discussions with your peers, resource information, personal examples from experienced TAs and case scenarios you will engage in together, this workshop will equip you with everything you need to be a successful TA.

The workshop is facilitated by Ninoschka D’Souza, a Senior Teaching Assistant in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science, York University.

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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May
14
Tue
Introduction to Course Design Workshop for Graduate Students
May 14 @ 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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May
21
Tue
Applications of Course Design Principles Workshop for Graduate Students
May 21 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

This 3-hour workshop is intended for Experienced Teaching Assistants who are actively designing and preparing a course.  Participants are asked to bring a first draft of their course syllabus and we will work together to further develop this syllabus and the design of your course.  We will review and apply the design principles learned in the Introduction to Course Design Workshop for Graduate Students, specifically the integrated course design approach (Fink, 2003) through individual and collaborative activities and worksheets.

Facilitated by Natasha May

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