The Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning (GMCTL) offers a selection of sessions and experiences focused on developing specific skills and knowledge relevant to roles as a Teaching Assistant (TA).

You can select and be recognized for the sessions and experiences that are most relevant to you, including experiences on marking effectively; lesson planning; facilitating labs, problem-set tutorials, or seminars; and more.

TA Success Day

As part of the TA Success Series (described below), we offer TA Success Day(s).  These sessions are focused on developing specific skills and knowledge relevant to working as a Teaching Assistant (TA). Topics include: marking effectively; lesson planning; and facilitating labs, problem-set tutorials, and seminars. Attendance is recognized on the co-curricular record when you attend three or more sessions.

TA Success Day(s) regularly take place in early September and early January. Registration will open approximately one month in advance.

Fall 2021: September 7-9

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TA Success Series

You can select and be recognized for the sessions and experiences that are most relevant to you, including experiences on marking effectively; lesson planning; facilitating labs, problem-set tutorials, or seminars; and more.

How to take part: If you are interested in taking part and being recognized for participating in the complete TA Success Series, register by emailing sara.dzaman@usask.ca. Please include your NSID.
Registration is ongoing.

Recognition: Your attendance, participation, and completion of each element will be recognized on your Co-Curricular Record.

Timeline: All activities should be completed within approximately one academic year. The activities are able to be completed in as little as 2 months.

Activities

Attend five (5) GMCTL workshops and then write a reflective paper. Attendance at sessions will be tracked by the GMCTL. 

Workshops available:

  • Fall Fortnight for Teaching and Learning - A series of sessions for anyone involved with teaching at the University of Saskatchewan. 
  • TA Success Day(s) A grouping of sessions over a single day/dates that are focused on developing specific skills and knowledge relevant to teaching as a TA. These sessions are typically scheduled at the beginning of Fall and Winter terms. (see above)

Arrange to meet with and/or observe an instructor or experienced TA in a role similar to yours and discuss and/or analyze their approach and process for completing their work.

  • Examine choices in teaching strategies, how to interact with students, assessment strategies, tips, tricks, challenges, etc.

Offered in September, October, and February. Space is limited, sign up early. Please email sara.dzaman@usask.ca if you want to be added to the TA Success Series. This experience includes a number of steps. You will need to be able to attend both 90-minute sessions.

The steps include:

  1. Participate in a 90-minute workshop on microteaching lesson planning,
  2. Write, submit, and revise a lesson plan on a chosen topic of interest,
  3. Deliver a micro-lesson to a group of peers and a GMCTL Educational Developer during a second 90-minute workshop
  4. Write a reflection on your micro-lesson

Organize and present a guest lecture in a suitable course or present a TA Success Day session. GMCTL staff may provide suggestions with planning the guest lecture, but does not arrange guest lecture opportunities.

  • As part of the lecture, request feedback from the instructor using the “Lecture Instructor Feedback Template”
  • Write a Reflection on your experience by answering the questions on “Guest Lecture Reflection Template”
  • Submit your completed feedback from the instructor and reflection in the TA Success Series course

For more information contact:

Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning