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March 27, 2015
 
 
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ASPIRE




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email: ASPIRE
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Teaching and Research



Successfully transitioning into a post-degree career requires a combination of self-reflection and job market awareness, as well the proactive development of strategic career planning and employment preparation skills. ASPIRE offers workshops and events in each of these areas, with the ultimate aim of supporting students' progression into meaningful professions.

Teaching

Winter 2015

Managing and Engaging in Difficult Discussions (Waterloo)
Workshop activities will include teaching about a controversial topic, managing a classroom discussion, and engaging in role plays to resolve conflict. Learn More

Teaching Philosophy Statement Feedback Session (Waterloo and Brantford)
This session is designed to facilitate the process of receiving peer feedback on your teaching philosophy statement as well as feedback from an experienced Educational Developer. Learn More

Teaching Strategies and Classroom Management (Waterloo and Brantford)
Come to this workshop to learn about and experience a variety of teaching methods that you can implement in your classroom. We will also develop strategies to incorporate these teaching methods in your own teaching while maintaining control of your classroom. Learn More


Lesson Planning 101(Waterloo and Brantford)
In this workshop, participants will learn the fundamental characteristics of a lesson plan and the benefits of using lesson planning in their own teaching practice. Participants will begin to construct lesson plans to use in their own instructional opportunities or may choose to create a lesson plan for an aspirational lesson on a topic of interest. Learn More

Teaching in the Intercultural Classroom (Waterloo)
This session introduces participants to dimensions of intercultural communication and offers strategies for enhancing learning in the intercultural classroom. Learn More

Encouraging Interaction in Your Classroom (Waterloo and Brantford)
Do you ever hear crickets when you pose a question to your class? Do you want to encourage lively discussions? In this workshop, we will discuss strategies to facilitate discussion and participation in your classroom. Learn More

Facilitating Group Work in the Classroom (Waterloo and Brantford)
Facilitating and incorporating group work in the classroom can be a daunting task. Many students dread group work and there are challenges associated with incorporating this approach from the instructor’s perspective as well. In this workshop, we will discuss the benefits and challenges of group work, framing group activities to encourage student engagement, and how to design the activity to prevent common issues such as social loafing.Learn More

Building Your own Course (Waterloo and Brantford)
Have you ever wanted to design your own course? In this workshop, bring an idea for a new course or a course you have been involved with in the past that you would like to improve and change. Learn More

Managing you Citations (Waterloo and Brantford)
There are a variety of methods and tools available to help you manage all of the references or citations that you collect while doing research. In this workshop we look at how online citation/document management tools can help keep your research work organized and save you time when you need to prepare properly formatted bibliographies and in-text citations. Learn More

Microteaching Sessions (Waterloo and Brantford)
Microteaching sessions are small-group workshops of 4 participants in which each participant plans and delivers a 10-minute lesson. After delivering the lesson, the participant will have the opportunity to self-reflect on their teaching experience as well as receive constructive feedback from their peers. Learn More

Writing a Teaching Philosophy Statement and Beginning to Build a Teaching Dossier (Brantford)

This workshop is designed to give you a foundation to express your teaching philosophies and begin to build a professional teaching dossier. Participants will gain tools and strategies to craft an effective teaching philosophy statement and prepare a first draft in the workshop. Learn More

Intercultural Communication in Feedback and Conflict (Waterloo) 
In this workshop, participants will examine different ways of dealing with conflict and feedback that are culture bound. Participants in the workshop will take the Intercultural Conflict Style Inventory. Learn more

Translating Your Knowledge -  Lunch and Learn 
This lunch and learn workshop will describe "knowledge mobilization"as a skill set in detail, why it matters and outlines how and when to use the Clear language summary template, as an example of a knowledge mobilization too. Learn More

Rocking the Research Presentation -  Lunch and Learn
Communicating your research and its implications to others is a crucial part of learning to be an independent scholar.  This session features an award-winning presentation to introduce strategies to describe your methods, your results, and the implications of your work. Learn More 

Laurier Teaching Fellows Conversations about Teaching and Learning Series 
Conversation facilitated by Dr. Frédérique Guinel (Biology)addressing: Instilling critical-thinking skills in a 2nd-year Biology course. Conversation facilitated by Dr. Amy Milne-Smith (History) addressing: Tackling the “Big” Topic Courses: Teach, Model, Practice. Learn More


Teaching 

Fall 2014 

Foundation Fridays: Career and Instructional Development Workshops (Brantford)
An integrated day of instructional and career programming. 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! Learn More

Foundation Saturdays: Career and Instructional Development Workshops (Waterloo)
An integrated day of instructional and career programming. 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! Learn More

Participating in and Facilitating Seminars and Tutorials (Waterloo) 
Being a TA is a great opportunity for personal and professional growth. Join this workshop to gain awareness of various parameters that can impact effective discussion and participation. Learn More

Critical Incidents in TAing (Waterloo)
This workshop facilitates a discussion around potential situations that teaching and instructional assistants (TAs/IAs) may experience, including classroom confrontations and setting boundaries; handling requests for extensions; dealing with student complaints; and developing a positive supervisor/TA relationship. Learn More

Teaching and Technology Community of Practice: Removing Technical Barriers from the Classroom (Waterloo)
Presenting solutions that will allow you to wirelessly present, share and interact with each other. Learn More

Preparing for Your Teaching Assistant (TA) Role: First Meetings (Waterloo)
In this session experienced TAs will share best practice, showcase and engage participants in potential activities that you can adapt to your individual practice. Learn More

Critical and Active Reading: Developing Transferable Skills for You and Your Students (Waterloo)
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. Learn More

Teaching in the Canadian Classroom (Waterloo)
Teach more inclusively and enhance your instructional skills, teaching communication, and ability to respond to student questions. Learn More

Communication in the Internationalized Classroom (Waterloo)
Identify your own expectations in communication; recognize dimensions in intercultural communication to improve communication, relationships, and work outcomes. Learn More

Documenting Teaching & Collecting Feedback (Waterloo)  
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). Learn More

The End of the Term is Coming: Strategies for Success (Waterloo)
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. Learn More

Teaching in the Intercultural Classroom - Brantford (Waterloo)
This session introduces participants to dimensions of intercultural communication and offers strategies for enhancing learning in the intercultural classroom. Learn More

TAs 4 Safety: Transforming Uncomfortable Moments in the Classroom (Waterloo) 
This 2.5-hour live theatre workshop will illustrate some of the complex teaching situations that arise in today’s university classrooms and offer suggestions and resources to help teaching assistants support students.  Learn More

Writing a Teaching Philosophy Statement and Beginning to Build a Teaching Dossier (Waterloo)
This workshop is designed to give you a foundation to express your teaching philosophies and begin to build a professional teaching dossier. Participants will gain tools and strategies to craft an effective teaching philosophy statement and prepare a first draft in the workshop. Learn More


Research

Winter 2015

Accessing Data For Your Research (Waterloo)
The Laurier Library houses a vast collection of socio-economic data. These datasets are key resources for research in all faculties. This session show you how to locate and access data for your research. Learn More

Research Data Management and Tri-Council Funding: What You Need to Know (Waterloo)
We provide data management and data preservation resources that will help you satisfy Tri-Council’s requirements during and after the life of your project. Learn More

Bibliometrics: Learn How to Measure Your Research Impact (Waterloo)
How do scholars assess 'research impact'?  This session will explain some of the ways in which research impact is measured by universities and funding agencies today. Learn More

Creating a Research Question (Waterloo)
A good research question is the foundation for a successful research project.  Learn strategies for creating a focused question that will streamline your thesis or dissertation research and help you finish on time. Learn More

Writing a Literature Review (Waterloo)
Need to write a literature review? Learn how to plan, research and organize one successfully for your thesis or dissertation. Learn More

Rocking the Research Presentation -  Lunch and Learn
Communicating your research and its implications to others is a crucial part of learning to be an independent scholar.  This session features an award-winning presentation to introduce strategies to describe your methods, your results, and the implications of your work. Learn More