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Graduate Teaching Workshop

Improve your teaching and TAing!

Over 70 graduate students from the Faculty of Science participated in the January 2014 workshop held at Thomson House. The Tomlinson Project in University-Level Science Education (T-PULSE) will next offer its Graduate Teaching Development Workshop for science graduate students in August 2014.

This workshop will assist you in becoming an excellent teacher by providing a practical introduction to science education to complement your discipline knowledge. Using the literature of science education, we will explore ways of teaching that are based on empirical evidence and framed by learning theories. This allows us to adopt the practices that have been shown to be most effective.

We will explore learner-centred approaches to teaching that can be easily used in the lab or classroom to increase achievement, conceptual understanding, and equity. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect upon their own approaches towards teaching, to increase their skills for demonstrating in laboratories & discussion sections, and to develop a foundation for future academic positions.

 

Who should attend?

Faculty of Science graduate students, especially those who are TAing for the first time or considering careers in academia. When applying for faculty positions, you will be better prepared to write a sophisticated statement of your teaching, including current ideas of how science can be taught more effectively. In your first faculty position, this experience will make course development and implementation more efficient, as you are trying to get your research and teaching started simultaneously.

Meanwhile, the workshop will enable you to make the most of your TAing experience to develop organizational & facilitation skills to promote student learning.

 

Who facilitates the workshops?

T-PULSE workshops are facilitated by Tomlinson Graduate Teaching Fellows, who are graduate students in the Faculty of Science, committed to improving the quality of the teaching and learning of science at McGill.

 

How much does it cost?

The workshop is free!

 

How do I register?

Registration is now open for the August 2014 Workshop, here