Open to all students, this half-day session offers 6 teaching workshops to choose from to develop communication and teaching skills. As a McGill graduate student, and Teaching Assistant (TA), you will have many challenges and responsibilities. SKILLSETS provides opportunities to develop teaching skills, learn about McGill's Learning Management System (myCourses), and engage in discussions with other TAs. Take advantage of this opportunity and learn skills to enhance your graduate experience.
This year's AGSEM Teaching Assistant Training day will be held January 18, 2019.
Location: Chancellor Day Hall, room 312 (Open Discussion: 12:00 pm - 1:00pm) & rooms 312, 200, and 201 (Workshops: 1:00pm - 5:00pm)
New TAs are eligible for a maximum of 3 hours of paid training.
Here are examples of possible discussions during AGSEM's Teaching Assistant Training Day:
- Interacting with students / interacting with course supervisor
- Planning/leading effective discussions/conferences
- Preparing Lectures
- Grading in your discipline
- How to handle student conflicts and plagiarism
- How to address students' emotions when engaging in difficult conversations around gender and sexuality
- How to help students' with their mental well-being
- What TA resources are available at McGill
In this session participants will learn to recognize how students learn to maximize teaching. They will understand how to set up a safe, clean, and interactive environment that is conducive to student learning and they will identify how to effectively prepare to teach and facilitate undergraduate science labs.
With this session participants will improve their facilitation of groups discussions, leadership, presentations and communication skills. Successfully learning to lead and guide student discussions requires a range of fairly sophisticated communication skills; many people employ strategies using trial and error as they have never been trained to facilitate discussions. Facilitation allows everyone to express themselves, keeps discussions moving and maintains a safe, respectful group environment. It also gives a practical insight into the hidden curriculum of class or group dynamics.
Participants will learn different strategies to interact with a group of students, provide one-on-one feedback, and engage with the course instructor. The session will introduce various strategies to prepare participants to effectively navigate these dynamics.
In this session participants will learn to examine the dual role of assessment in courses, how to establish criteria and standards and how to deal with plagiarism.
In this session, participants will learn about the history and importance of assessment in higher education. Discussions will focus on how assessment can be designed to enhance deep learning. The participants will participate in several collaborative exercises to dissect and analyze rubrics and provide constructive feedback to students.
Participants will be able to apply learning-centered principles when designing and delivering a lecture or tutorial. Additionally, they will learn a range of teaching strategies to use in lectures and tutorials and they will plan how to use some of these strategies.
Frequently Asked Questions
Payment Information: TA Training was identified as a necessity by TAs during negotiations for the new Collective Agreement. New TAs are eligible for a maximum of 3 hours of paid training. Returning TAs are not eligible for paid training but are still welcome to attend. We hope all TAs will consider registering for these sessions. For accurate and detailed information on Orientation and Training, please see (Section 13.06.02) of the TA Collective Agreement (2011-2014) here.
- Gender, Sexuality, and Mental Health in Your Classroom (Dr. Alana Thain)
- Introduction to Collaborative Care (Dr. Calli Armstrong)
- AGSEM Union Information & TA Rights (TA Training, Winter 2019)
Designing and Delivering Effective Lectures
Grading in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Grading in the Sciences
Interacting with Students and Course Supervisors
Planning and Leading Effective Conference Discussions
- Handout for Buzz Group Activity
- Question Types
Strategies on Supporting Student Mental Health
Teaching and Learning in Science Labs