TA and ITA Orientation

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Join us for a full-day TA Orientation session to get a head start on preparing for your role.

During this session, participants will learn more about the roles and responsibilities of being a TA at York, as well as all of the resources available. There will be concurrent sessions to choose from, including sessions on designing your tutorial, planning and teaching in the lab, marking and grading, inclusive teaching, being an international TA, and connecting with your course director. You may also choose interactive discussion sessions to share your fears or uncertainties about your new roles with other new TAs and discuss strategies to overcome them, with guidance from an experienced TA. Participants will also be given different scenarios of what could happen during their TAship and they will work with their peers to determine what they would do.

Friday August 30, 2019, 9:30am-3:30pm in Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building, Room 0016

Please register for TA Orientation by clicking on Registration Form – This session is currently full

TA Orientation Program

If you are unable to attend this full day event, we will be offering abbreviated sessions in the first two weeks of September.  During this 3 hour session you will be provided with resources and guidance to help you get started as a TA or ITA at York University.

In this session we will discuss topics such as your role and responsibility as a teaching assistant, how to effectively engage with your course director, and strategies to overcome any uncertainties you have as a TA.

Wednesday September 4, 2019, 10am-1pm in Kaneff Tower, Room 626

Please register for TA Orientation by clicking on Registration Form – This session is currently full

If you are an International TA (ITA)** you may consider registering for one of our ITA Orientation Sessions. In addition to discussing the above topics and  providing resources and guidance to prepare ITAs for the Canadian classroom experience at York, these sessions will allow ITAs the opportunity to share, discuss and explore how their nationality and cultural distinctiveness can become an asset to the York learning community in their new role as an ITA.

Wednesday September 11, 2019, 1pm-4pm in York Lanes, Room 280N

Please register for ITA Orientation by clicking on Registration Form

We are understand that none of these sessions may fit into your schedule.  If this is the case, please request a TA Drop-in Appointment by completing this Registration Form

**Please note that ALL TAs are welcome to participate in this programming and use any resources for International TAs (ITAs).  You are not required to have official “international” status at York to participate.  If you are a TA with English as an Additional Language or you are interested in support for International TAs (ITAs) for a variety of other reasons, you are more than welcome to participate!  The material covered in the ITA Orientation session is comparable to what is covered in TA Orientation, so you need not register for both orientations.

Contact for further information: Natasha May maynat@yorku.ca