TA Day/Orientation


TA Day/Orientation

09/15/2012 8:45 am
09/15/2012 4:00 pm

TA Day/Orientation

Saturday September 15th, 2012

8:45 am - 4:00 pm

THISTLE 325

Moved To Thistle 243

 

Open to all Teaching Assistants with a Fall 2012 contract.

Are you ready to be a teaching assistant?  Get started here.

What you can learn and earn on TA Day?

Learn:

  1. TA roles and responsibilities
  2. What to do the first day of class?
  3. How to keep your students engaged
  4. Assessing students' work
  5. Facilitating discussions
  6. Where and who to go to for assistance

Earn:

3 TA credits towards a Teaching Assistant Certificate

More information to to be announced mid August.

 

Agenda: 

Time

 

Location

 

8:45 am - 9:00 am

 

Registration & Refreshments

 

 

Thistle Foyer

9:00 am - 9:10 am

 

Opening & Welcoming Remarks

Barry W. K. Joe, Director, Centre for Pedagogical Innovation

 

TH 325
TH243

9:10 am - 10:10 am

Plenary 1: OH, the joys and the challenges of being a TA!

Learn some valuable lessons, tips, tricks and strategies to be an effective and professional TA. In your role as a TA, you mentor, help students to access resources, manage learning and groups, mark papers and demonstrate caring for students and their success. You have been chosen - so make the most of the opportunity to grow and learn yourself.

 

Dr. Heather Kilty, Department of Nursing, Brock University

TH 325
TH243

 

 

10:10 am - 10:30 am

 

Refreshment Break/Resource Tables

 

 

Thistle Foyer

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Roles/Responsibilities/Resources

 

Jill Grose, Centre for Centre for Pedagogical Innovation

Pauline Dawson, Career Services

Dan Crowe, TA Union CUPE 4207

James Duff, Human Resources

Troy Brooks, Academic Integrity Officer, Registrar's Office

Kiel Ormerod, Graduate Student Association

 

TH 325
TH243

11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Concurrent Session 1

 

1) Marking Madness: Tips & Tricks for Effective Grading

Join us for a session that focuses on strategies for marking effectively and painlessly.  It happens every year your marking load descends just as your own life gets more hectic!  What can you do to mark fairly but efficently?

Jill Grose, Centre for Pedagogical Innovation

 

2) Start as You Mean to Continue: Clear Communication in the Classroom

Setting the right tone in the first few weeks of class is crucial. What should you do when you first meet your students, and why? Join this session to talk about setting expectations, modelling behaviour, and establishing clear lines of communication. Start off right and you'll end well!

Barry W.K. Joe, Centre for Pedagogical Innovation

 

3) Un/Civil Learning Communities: Digital and F2F Strategies

While classrooms can be great places to sharpen critical thinking abilities through the exchange of ideas, they can also become uncivil places when unreflective comments cause hurt in others. As a TA, you are on the front line of many potential conflicts and must strike a balance between encouraging students to voice their educated opinions while being mindful of how unreflective comments can have unintended consequences. This workshop will examine the thin line between uncivil and civil behaviour with a view to creating a civil learning community, both in your face-to-face and digital interactions.

Zopito Marini, Department of Child and Youth Studies

 

4) How TAs can help Students Learn:  Classroom Strategies.  

There are lots of strategies we can model in the classroom to help students learn. Some of these strategies seem like common sense but you may be surprised to learn that not everyone uses them.   In this workshop we will talk about what we know about learning, motivation, and the brain and different strategies that fit different students' needs.

Lianne Fisher, Centre for Pedagogical Innovation

 

5) Ice Breakers, Energizers, & Closures.  

In this session, you will learn how to construct and deliver effective icebreakers, energizers, and closings. This session is designed for seminar leaders. Applications of Adult Learning Theory will be presented to help you move away from the fluff and into the substance of these important instructional techniques.

Georgann Watson, Department of Psychology

 

 

Sankey Chambers

(top of stairs near Tim Horton's )

 

 

 

TH258

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TH 253

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TH 256

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TH 255

 

 

 

** Please leave completed "Evaluation Forms" in the box provided in each workshop location.

Your comments and suggestions are greatly appreciated.

 

Time

 

Location

 

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

 

 

 

Lunch @ Isaacs, provided by CPI, followed by Table Discussions

 

 

 

ISAACS

 

 

 

 

 

 

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Concurrent Session 2

Each session is repeated from the morning.

 

 

1)  Marking Madness: Tips & Tricks for Effective Grading

     Jill Grose, Centre for Pedagogical Innovation

 

2)  Start as You Mean to Continue: Clear Communication in the Classroom

      Barry W.K. Joe, Centre for Pedagogical Innovation

 

3) Un/Civil Learning Communities: Digital and F2F Strategies

     Zopito Marini, Department of Child and Youth Studies

 

4) How TAs can help Students Learn:  Classroom Strategies 

     Lianne Fisher, Centre for Pedagogical Innovation

 

5) Ice Breakers, Energizers, & Closures 

     Georgann Watson, Department of Psychology

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sankey Chambers

 

TH 258

 

 

TH 253

 

 

TH 256

 

 

TH 255

 

2:45 pm - 4:00 pm

 

Plenary II:  Common KnowledgeShedding light onto some of the many beliefs, misconceptions and behaviours regarding academic integrity on campus, this performance/workshop written by Brock's students, faculty and staff will assist us in better understanding the complexity of teaching and learning.

 

Joe Norris & the Mirror Theatre, Department of Dramatic Arts

 

TH 325

 

4:00 pm

 

 

Closing Remarks

Barry W. K. Joe, Director, Centre for Pedagogical Innovation

 

 

 

TH 325

 

 

Cancellation Policy: Registrants can deregister on-line or by contacting CPI at cpi@brocku.ca. Those who do not attend will be charged a non-cancellation fee.

Location: 
TH 325
Credit
Credit Value:: 
1.00
Type of Credit: 
TA Certificate
Cost
Cost: 
$0

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