About TA Success Days

As part of the TA Success Series, we offer TA Success Days.  These short sessions are typically scheduled over 2-3 days and this event is typically offered bi-annually in early September and January. 

When you attend three or more sessions during an event, your attendance is recorded on your Co-Curricular Record, which recognizes students for their involvement in the campus community outside of the classroom.

Calendar of Events

January 5-6, 2022

Click on the session names in the calendar to jump on this page to view the description.

Registration for sessions will be open soon - please check back.

Wednesday Thursday

Jan 5th

[9:00 - 9:50am]
Orientation to TA Success Days

[10:00 - 10:50am]
Facilitating Discussion Boards Effectively

[11:00am - 12:00pm]
Grading Written Papers and Projects

[1:00 - 1:50pm]
Introduction to Lesson Planning

[2:00 - 2:50pm]
Facilitating Practical Labs

[3:00 - 4:00pm]
Challenging Conversations

Jan 6th

[9:00 - 9:50am]
Facilitating Seminars and Sessions Synchronously

[10:00 - 10:50am]
Professional Relationships as a TA

[11:00am - 12:00pm]
Navigating Canvas

[1:00 - 1:50pm]
Grading Problem Sets and Labs

[2:00 - 2:30pm]
Info Session for the Teaching Preparation Certificate

[2:40 - 3:20pm]
What you need to know about Copyright

[3:30 - 4:00pm]
Understanding your Collective Agreement

How to Register for Sessions

In the session descriptions below you will find a registration button for each session.  Click the button one time and you will be automatically added to that session.  Please only click once as you should recieve an email confirmation to your USask PAWS email address shortly.

If you require assistance with registration, please email gmctl@usask.ca.


 

Wednesday, January 5

Orientation to TA Success Days

Time: 9:00 - 9:50am
Location: Zoom
Facilitator: Sara Dzaman & Aditi Garg

Welcome to TA Success Days! This orientation is designed to provide you with an overview of the next two days of sessions and give you the opportunity to meet other Teaching Assistants in a facilitated "quick intro" activity.

Facilitating Discussion Boards Effectively

Time: 10:00 - 10:50am
Location: Zoom
Facilitator: Roberta Campbell-Chudoba

This session offers strategies for facilitating or moderating discussion boards. We look at two challenging scenarios and problem-solve strategies together.

Grading Written Papers and Projects

Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Zoom
Facilitator: Wendy James

In this session on grading written papers and projects, you’ll learn tips for giving good feedback, being more consistent in grading, and managing your time. Come expecting to practice grading and share your ideas.

Introduction to Lesson Planning

Time: 1:00 - 1:50pm
Location: Zoom
Facilitator: Wenona Partridge

Are you planning your own lab, tutorial, or guest lecture? Join this session to become familiar with the BOPPPS lesson planning model so you can apply it to your own lessons.

Facilitating Practical Labs

Time: 2:00 - 2:50pm
Location: Zoom
Facilitator: Elsa Van Ankum

Learn practical ideas for facilitating practical laboratory sessions and encouraging student engagement.

Challenging Conversations

Time: 3:00 - 4:00pm
Location: Zoom
Facilitator: Heather Ross

In this session, participants will be introduced to concepts to assist them deal with challenging conversations they may face with students and supervisors in their role as a TA. They will also gain a clearer understanding of engaging professionally and respectfully with students, supervisors, and their peers.

Thursday, January 6

Facilitating Seminars and Sessions Synchronously

Time: 9:00 - 9:50am
Location: Zoom
Facilitator: Wenona Partridge

Are you finding it difficult to encourage your students to contribute to synchronous online seminars? Join this session to become familiar with strategies you can use to support student engagement in synchronous online learning.

Professional Relationships as a TA

Time: 10:00 - 10:50am
Location: Zoom
Facilitator: Tristan Taylor

Learn about your roles, responsibilities, and rights related to interactions with students, supervisors, professors, and each other through this interactive session.

Navigating Canvas

Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Zoom
Facilitator:Roberta Campbell-Chudoba and Toni Marchione

This session explores navigation of the Canvas Dashboard, connecting with students in Canvas, and using Speedgrader's various functions.

Grading Problem Sets and Labs

Time: 1:00 - 1:50pm
Location: Zoom
Facilitator: Jude Okolie

In this session, you'll explore and share strategies for grading to improve consistency and efficiency and you'll leave with concrete plans for what to do before you start grading, while you're grading, and after you wrap up. You'll also explore tips on how to ensure that the feedback you provide to students can improve their learning.

Information Session for the Teaching Preparation Certificate

Time: 2:00 - 2:30pm
Location: Zoom
Facilitator: Roberta Campbell-Chudoba

Learn about the Teaching Preparation Certificate (TPC), a non-credit and competency-based certificate, designed for graduate students and post docs who have prior experience in teaching or as a teaching assistant, or training in teaching skills.

What you need to know about Copyright

Time: 2:40 - 3:20pm
Location: Zoom
Facilitator: Kate Langrell

Learn what copyright is, why copyright laws exist, how do you know what can be distrubted to students, and who you can go to for help with copyright questions in your teaching.

Understanding your Collective Agreement

Time: 3:30 - 4:00pm
Location: Zoom
Facilitator: Jesse Todd

Come and learn about the current collective agreement, collective bargaining process, and the policies and procedures that apply and impact PSAC employees.

Support

For registration support or questions regarding TA Success Days please email the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning.