TA 101: Professional Development Series

student walking through courtyard behind Robert Sutherland Hall in the FallAre you a graduate student or post-doctoral fellow new to teaching or looking to re-imagine your teaching practice? This series is a combination of workshops offered through the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and in partnership with the School of Graduate Studies and Post-Doctoral Affairs (SGSPA). 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 (in partnership with SGSPA)

Facilitated by Clarissa de Leon, Centre for Teaching and Learning
Thursday, October 6, 2022, 10:30-11:30am, Mackintosh Corry Hall, Room E202

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.

Registration through SGSPA

PUTL Showcase: Professional Development in University Teaching and Learning Online Modules

Facilitated by Clarissa de Leon and Karalyn McRae, Centre for Teaching and Learning
Tuesday, November 1, 2022, 10:30-11:30am, Zoom

Are you a graduate student or post-doctoral fellow looking for an opportunity to learn more about pedagogy and to reflect on your own teaching experiences. The Professional Development in University Teaching and Learning (PUTL) modules are a series of online modules that invite you to explore and reflect on your teaching philosophy, experience, and educational leadership and earn an acknowledgement of completion for each module. Come learn about the modules including two new modules on Anti-Racism and Decolonization launching this Fall! The session will include information about PUTL and an opportunity to ask questions.

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Inclusion in a Classroom (in partnership with SGSPA)

Facilitated by Yasmine Djerbal, Centre for Teaching and Learning
Monday, November 7, 2022, 9:30-11:00am, Venue TBD

The classroom is a space where instructors, teaching assistants, and students together can build a learning community in which everyone can feel valued and supported. Whether it’s your first-time teaching or you’ve had experience in the classroom, this session will offer you practical skills for incorporating inclusive pedagogies into your teaching practice. Participants will be introduced to best practices in fostering accountable spaces, clarifying expectations, effective facilitation, and Universal Design for Learning.   

Registration through SGSPA

Collecting and Interpreting Feedback on Your Teaching

Facilitated by Monica Garvie and Karalyn McRae, Centre for Teaching and Learning
Thursday, November 17, 2022, 10:30-11:30am, Zoom

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.

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