TA 101

"student riding his bike past Douglas Library in the fall"Professional Development Series

Are you a graduate student or post-doctoral fellow new to teaching or looking to re-imagine your teaching practice? This new series is a combination of workshops offered through the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Expanding Horizons workshops. The series will introduce you to foundational aspects of teaching – from what learning is, how to create more inclusive classroom environments, and finding new creative uses for technology. Whether it is your first role as a teaching assistant, or you have been a teaching fellow for years, we invite you to start building your community of practice with other educators at Queen’s.

Principles of Teaching and Learning*

Wednesday, September 29, 2021; 1:30 - 2:30pm
Karalyn McRae and Clarissa de Leon, Centre for Teaching and Learning

This session will focus on the foundational principles of what learning is, what learning looks like, and what learning looks like in your own disciplinary context. Based on our understanding of learning, we will also discuss how, as educators, we can work to develop our own teaching practice using instructional strategies that best support a student-centered approach to learning.

Principles Registration through SGS

Leveraging onQ and Educational Technologies in your Role as a TA

Tuesday, October 5, 2021; 10:00-11:00am (Virtual)
Selina Idlas, Centre for Teaching and Learning

Wait, onQ can do what?! Using technology as part of our teaching can be overwhelming, however finding the right tools can lead to fun and engaging opportunities for you and your students. There are hundreds of different options when it comes to using different technology tools. This session will focus on some of the tools available in onQ that you might use in your role as a TA, as well as other technology options to integrate into your teaching.

Leveraging onQ Registration Form

Teaching for All Students: Introduction to Inclusive Pedagogy for TAs*

Tuesday, October 19, 2021; 10:30am – 12:00pm (Virtual)
Karalyn McRae, Clarissa de Leon, and Monica Garvie, Centre for Teaching and Learning

What can you do as a teaching assistant to create an inclusive learning environment? Whether you are leading a lab/tutorial, providing guest lectures, marking assignments, or facilitating online discussions, this session will focus on how TAs of all types can make critical decisions to help meet the needs of diverse learners. Topics covered in this session include the four stages of psychological safety, Indigenous ways of learning, anti-racism, and Universal Design for Learning.

Teaching for All Students Registration through SGS

Data Science: Collecting and Interpreting Feedback on your Teaching

Thursday November 18th 2:30-3:30 (Virtual)
Karalyn McRae and Monica Garvie, Centre for Teaching and Learning

Teaching is not an exact science! It often involves lots of flexibility and adapting to the emerging   needs of our students. Collecting feedback on your teaching can help you gather information on what worked well, what students might benefit from in the future, and provide opportunities for you to reflect on the teaching experience. As a TA or TF it can be challenging to determine how and when to collect feedback, interpret negative student feedback, as well as ensuring the feedback is meaningful to your own development as a teacher. This session will introduce ways to collect feedback from your students, peers, and others.

Data Science Registration Form

Building a TA Community of Practice – Coming Together on Campus!

Tuesday December 7th 1:00-2:00 (In-Person)
Karalyn McRae, Samantha Twietmeyer, and Clarissa de Leon, Centre for Teaching and Learning

No matter your level of teaching experience, join us for an interactive community building event to share your experiences as a TA, challenges, innovative ideas for the classroom, and excitement of transitioning back to on-campus teaching.  This social event is an opportunity to network and meet other TAs on campus.

Building a TA Community of Practice Registration Form

*This session is part of the SGS Expanding Horizons Series