October 29th, 2014
By Robin Sutherland-Harris (Ph.D. Candidate, Centre for Medieval Studies, and Humanities Coordinator and Chair of the Teaching Excellence Awards Committee, The Centre for Teaching Support and Innovation )
Do you have a dilemma, challenge, or question about teaching? Have you been experimenting with new teaching techniques in your classroom? Bring your lunch and join us to troubleshoot your teaching concerns, brainstorm creative solutions to tutorial conundrums, and share strategies for TA-ing in your discipline. All questions and ideas, large and small, are welcome!
Our next lunch is coming up soon, on Monday, 3 November, 12:30-1:30. We will be joined by special guest Asif Zaman, PhD Candidate in the Department of Mathematics and winner of a 2014 TATP Teaching Excellence Award!
This new lunch series provides a place for TAs to raise concerns that may not be addressed through the TATP workshop series, to meet other graduate students who care about teaching, and to share ideas and generate discipline-specific solutions to teaching dilemmas. This is an opportunity for you to generate the content of our discussion; TATP staff will be present as facilitators, but questions, brainstorming, and solutions will emerge through your active participation in discussion.
There are two ways to take advantage of the Teaching Dilemmas: Brown-Bag Lunch Series.
If you would like your participation to count towards one of TATP’s certificate programs, please register using the link below. Attendance as a registered participant at two Brown-Bag Lunches will count as one elective credit towards either the TF or AUTP Certificate. A maximum of two lunches (one credit) can be counted towards the certificate program, although you may attend as many lunches as you like. Please note that registered participants must
i. be present for the whole hour of the lunch,
ii. indicate what their teaching dilemma/idea is at the time of registration and be prepared to raise it as a discussion topic during the lunch, and
iii. either complete the Teaching Dilemmas Reflection Form or write a short entry to appear on the CTSI Focus blog (approx. 300-500 words).
You may also attend the Brown-Bag Lunches in a more informal capacity. If you are unable to stay for the full hour, or are interested in participating in discussion and meeting fellow TAs but don’t have a pressing teaching dilemma, you are still welcome to join in. In this case, no registration is required – simply join us in the CTSI Boardroom (RL 4035) with your lunch!
1) Monday, December 1, 2014, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
2) Monday, February 2, 2015, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
3) Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
4) Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 12:30pm – 1:30pm