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October 25, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence

Graduate Student and TA Professional Development Series



Open to all graduate students, teaching and instructional assistants, this series is a collaborative effort between the Centre for Teaching Innovation and Excellence, the Writing (and Study Skills) Centres, and Career Development Centre, and builds upon our individual and collective programming. All sessions may be counted toward the award winning ASPIRE program, and selectively to either the University Teaching Certificate  and/or the Career Development Certificate for graduate students. Check out the fall offerings listed below and watch for upcoming sessions in Winter. Register in advance at /edev

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September 5 - Preparing for Your TA Role: First Meetings...

Preparing for Your TA Role: First Meetings-First Impressions
September 5 
10:30am to 12pm | Career Development Centre, Room 101 | Waterloo Campus

You can never make a first impression twice. Making the most of your first class (seminar/tutorial/lab) meeting can make all the difference to a successful term. In this session experienced TAs will: Share best practices, showcase and engage in potential activities that you can adapt to your individual practice, and review your responsibilities as a TA as you prepare to meet your students for the first time. 

Learning Outcomes

- Anticipate and plan for situations that may arise during first class meetings
- Integrate engagement and management strategies into your instructional planning and classroom practice
- Plan for your first meeting with your TA supervising faculty member 

 
September 10 - Active and Critical Reading...

Active and Critical Reading For you and Your Students 
September 10 | 3 pm to 4:30 pm | R103, 202 Regina St. N. | Waterloo Campus

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We are often asked to think and read critically without knowing what that means or looks like in practice. This session is designed to engage you in hands-on activities that will develop your metacognitive awareness of reading strategies as well as model and break down the interrogative reading process. The transferrable skills developed in this session will be applicable to your academic studies and in your role as a teaching assistant, regardless of discipline.

Learning Outcomes

- Self-assess and extend your personal use of critical and active reading approaches
- Apply a critical lens to academic texts and non-academic reading materials 
- Integrate and model critical reading strategies in your instructional practice

 
September 27 - Foundation Saturdays: Career and Instructional

Foundation Saturdays: Career and Instructional Development Workshops - Pick Your Path
September 27 | 9am to 12:30pm | Career Development Centre, Room 001 and 101 | Waterloo Campus

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As part of the Graduate Student and TA Development Series, we have created two integrated days of instructional and career programming – one at the Brantford (Friday October 3rd) campus and one at the Waterloo (Saturday September 27) campus. Pick your path based on what interests you the most. Choose one or two sessions to attend or participate in a full morning of workshops. It’s up to you!

Time

Instructional Stream

Career Stream

9 – 9:40 a.m.

The 3Ps of Teaching: An Introduction

There is more to teaching than standing before a group of students and delivering or facilitating a lesson. This hands-on session will briefly explore the 3Ps (domains) of teaching: the personal, public, and professional-ethical.

Learning Outcomes:

develop awareness of your individual teaching perspective and philosophy

identify ethical situations (and strategies) you may encounter in your instructional practice

consider the performance element of teaching and what goes on "behind the scenes"

Introduction to Career Planning for Graduate Students

This session will introduce practical strategies and resources to assist you in conducting the necessary self-reflection and research to identify ideal work environments, optimal job satisfiers and realistic goals for pursuing an academic or non-academic career.

9:40 – 9:45 a.m.

Transition Break

9:45 – 11:00 a.m.

Huh!?  What is it You’re Looking for? Posing Effective Questions in Class

Many teaching assistants and instructors aspire to make their classes interactive by posing questions, but fear student silence and the dreaded standing-at-the-front-of-the-class-feeling-like-a-dying-comedian moment. This interactive session will examine how the wording and placement of our questions confound or capture students and hinder or help learning.  

Learning Outcomes:

employ timing strategies to encourage student participation

utilize Bloom’s Learning Taxonomy to formulate questions targeted at multiple levels of thinking

negotiate understanding of your questions to overcome breakdowns in communication

Developing Your Resume (CV) and Cover Letter

This session will provide guidelines for presenting your relevant qualifications effectively and connecting your skills, experiences and abilities to a target job. You are encouraged to bring a copy of your most recent resumé or CV.

11 – 11:15 a.m.

Refreshment Break

11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Grading Written Work

What makes an 'A' paper versus a 'C' paper? How do you explain the difference to students? In this session we will analyze excerpts from three student papers to identify general writing criteria that help you provide consistency in your marking. The session will appeal to all disciplines, but especially the arts and social sciences. We will also discuss the main differences among A, B, and C papers and talk about the type of feedback that will help students improve their writing. Facilitated by the Writing Centre.

Learning Outcomes:

assess (begin to) global features of student writing

articulate performance expectations across graded papers (A, B, C…)

provide tangible feedback to students

Linked In: Building Your Professional Brand

We have all been told not to judge a book by its cover, but what does your LinkedIn profile say about YOU? If you’ve created an account, are you using it to its fullest?

To be successful with LinkedIn, you need to develop and maintain a personal brand so employers can get to know, like and trust you; only then will they be open to learn more about what you have to offer professionally. Perfecting your personal brand on LinkedIn can be what helps you secure that dream job!

Participants in this workshop will learn about tools and strategies to build their LinkedIn accounts, represent themselves professionally online, and develop complementary networks of like-minded professionals.


 

 
October 3 - Foundation Fridays: Career and Instructional

Foundation Fridays: Career and Instructional Development Workshops - Pick Your Path 
October 3 | 9 am to 12:30 pm | MP115 and CB208 | Brantford Campus

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As part of the Graduate Student and TA Development Series, we have created two integrated days of instructional and career programming – one at the Brantford (Friday October 3rd) campus and one at the Waterloo (Saturday September 27) campus. Pick your path based on what interests you the most. Choose one or two sessions to attend or participate in a full morning of workshops. It’s up to you!

Time

Instructional Stream (Location: MP115)

Career Stream (Location: CB208)

9 – 9:40 a.m.

Evolving Your TA Practice: Providing Meaningful Feedback to Students

In this training session, graduate students will be invited to consider pedagogical shifts in the evolution of the university, particularly in terms of how these developments have shaped approaches to writing instruction and creating positive learning environments.  Participants will learn techniques for providing constructive and meaningful feedback on student work and will become familiar with policies concerning academic integrity and privacy as they pertain to the teaching assistant role.

Learning outcomes:

articulate your knowledge of select pedagogic principles

apply the think-aloud protocol as feedback technique

demonstrate awareness of how the framing of feedback impacts the learning environment and experience for undergraduates

identify and explain policies regarding academic integrity and privacy at Laurier

Introduction to Career Planning for Graduate Students

This session will introduce practical strategies and resources to assist you in conducting the necessary self-reflection and research to identify ideal work environments, optimal job satisfiers and realistic goals for pursuing an academic or non-academic career.

9:40 – 9:45 a.m.

Transition Break

9:45 – 11:00 a.m.

Evolving Your TA Practice: Providing Meaningful Feedback to Students (continued)

Developing Your Resume (CV) and Cover Letter

This session will provide guidelines for presenting your relevant qualifications effectively and connecting your skills, experiences and abilities to a target job. You are encouraged to bring a copy of your most recent resumé or CV.

11 – 11:15 a.m.

Refreshment Break

11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Evolving Your TA Practice: Providing Meaningful Feedback to Students (continued)

Linked In: Building Your Professional Brand

We have all been told not to judge a book by its cover, but what does your LinkedIn profile say about YOU? If you’ve created an account, are you using it to its fullest?

To be successful with LinkedIn, you need to develop and maintain a personal brand so employers can get to know, like and trust you; only then will they be open to learn more about what you have to offer professionally. Perfecting your personal brand on LinkedIn can be what helps you secure that dream job!

Participants in this workshop will learn about tools and strategies to build their LinkedIn accounts, represent themselves professionally online, and develop complementary networks of like-minded professionals.

 
October 7 - Documenting Teaching & Collecting Feedback

Documenting Teaching & Collecting Feedback
October 7 | 3pm – 4:30 pm | 202 Regina Street, Room 270 | Waterloo Campus

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Developing your instructional practice (and the transferable skills that come with it) begins by documenting and reflecting upon what you do (in the moment/afterwards), including the feedback you invite and receive from others (i.e., peers, students, self). Whether you have lots or a limited amount of teaching experience, it’s important to establish good recording and reflection practices that will serve you well now and in the future. You never know when you might be nominated for an award (e.g., teaching) or asked to provide a teaching dossier (e.g., job application). 

Learning Outcomes

- develop your toolbox of ideas and strategies for collecting feedback
- create a mechanism to document your teaching experience that is evidence-based
- engage in ongoing reflective practice


 
November 5 - The End of Term is Coming: Strategies for Success

The End of Term is Coming: Strategies for Success
November 5 | 3 – 4:30 p.m. | 202 Regina St., Room 270 | Waterloo Campus

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Four weeks left! The busiest time of year is here, come and hear from seasoned TAs about topics such as exam review, collecting and providing feedback, time management, and more to make the most of the end of term crush. 

Learning Outcomes

- effectively manage the end-of-term crush in your TA and graduate student roles
- select and employ tools to collect and provide student feedback 
- explore different approaches/strategies to prepare students for exams and assignments
- identify and direct students (and yourself) to campus resources and supports