January 15, 2019

Photo gallery: Grad students gather for the Spring 2019 TA/TM Day

The 23rd Annual Spring TA/TM Day was an opportunity for new and veteran TAs and TMs to learn skills, share practices and connect with peers.

With topics ranging from learner engagement to cultural inclusion, the 23rd Annual Spring  TA/TM Day on January 4, 2019, offered the 140+ attendees not only valuable teaching resources and skills, but also an opportunity to connect with their teaching peers from across the university.

A full house listened to Marie Brunelle, director of SFU's Human Rights Office, at the opening plenary session. Brunelle was just one of many speakers introducing TAs and TMs to the resources available to them at SFU.

In addition to the complimentary lunch, the day's focus on interactive workshops ensured attendees had plenty of chances to exchange ideas ...

... smiles ...

... and, of course, laughs.

TAs and TMs shared their approaches at workshops ranging from Lindsay Simpson (Department of Sociology and Anthropology)'s session on active learning ...

… to Emily Betz (Department of Biological Sciences)'s and David Ester (Department of Chemistry)'s session on leading effective labs ...

… and Emma McFarlane (Faculty of Education)'s and Michelle La (Department of Sociology and Anthropology)'s session on creating community and reducing participation barriers in Canvas ...

… and Stephanie Lau (School of Criminology)'s session on facilitating and managing classes.

Student engagement was a popular topic, with TAs and TMs exploring how case studies can allow learners to grapple with real-life problems ...

... how active learning strategies can allow students to take a hands-on approach to learning ...

... how facilitation techniques can ensure that all voices are included and heard in tutorials ...

... and how group problem-solving can foster peer-to-peer teaching.

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