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Understanding your students (as a TA)

Well, today is Monday August 10th. Someone please tell me where our summer has gone? While most of us go on with life as usual over the summer, in just over a month, another school year is set to begin.

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Wikipedia, we need ya


August is about teaching and learning – designing courses, TAing, all things pedagogic – with Orientation and other events thrown in as they come up. (These will be September’s focus more squarely). Apropos of designing three new courses this year,

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So you want to be an Epidemiologist…

Last week, my Gradifying co-author Amanda highlighted how her degree is structured. Today, I’ll be talking about the degrees offered by the Department of Public Health Sciences. There are six factors that differentiate programs: the degree structure, courses, comps, research

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On giving constructive and helpful feedback

Last time I spoke about how to deal with negative feedback, and how you can cope with it. However, as you transition from undergrad, to graduate student, to senior graduate student (to life afterwards), you’ll be placed more and more

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Updates: The ESU Wants You to Teach a Course, and a little Grant App Humour

Queen’s Enrichment Studies Unit (ESU) Have you heard of the ESU? In their own words: The Enrichment Studies Unit (ESU) at Queen’s University offers enrichment courses primarily during the month of May for upper elementary and secondary school students. These

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Dealing with negative feedback

You know the feeling. You’ve spent the last month working on a manuscript/paper, have fleshed out your ideas, spent countless late nights editing and making things sound *just* right, and you’ve finally sent it in to your supervisor. This will

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Hello. My Name is _______ and I’ll be your TA this term!

Many new grad students here at Queen’s are going through the motions of being a teaching assistant for the first time. It’s an exciting, overwhelming and even scary time, yet for many grad students the opportunity to teach is one

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What my students taught me about theory

I just finished a half-term teaching fellowship in the Department of Philosophy. It was my first time instructing a course and I’m already looking forward to the next opportunity. I expected that it would be an intense learning curve –

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