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Facilitator: Resource TA, Emma McKenna


Wednesday, January 18, 3:30-4:30 PM, CNH 332 — Inclusion, Equity, and Accessibility in the Classroom

In this workshop, we will discuss some best practices to providing an inclusive, equitable, and accessible space for all of our students. Come with questions to ask or tips to share!

Monday, January 23, 3:30-4:30 PM, CNH 332 — Teaching and Learning Strategies 

In this workshop, we will discuss and practice some Active Learning Strategies in order to help us expand the structure and content of our tutorials.

Wednesday, January 25, 3:30-4:30 PM, CNH 332 — Navigating Avenue to Learn

 In this workshop, join Barbara Ferguson, a fellow Teaching Assistant with years of external employment experience navigating McMaster’s online teaching forum, Avenue to Learn. In this interactive workshop, Ms. Ferguson will walk us through common challenges faced when using the site, as well as provide us with helpful tricks and tools to optimize our teaching experience. Please RSVP to if you would like to be added to the practice module. Drop-ins are always welcome, and personal laptops are encouraged.

Monday, January 30, 3:30-4:30 PM, CNH 332 — Understanding the Collective Agreement

In this workshop, join representatives from the CUPE 3906 Executive who will guide you through the rights and responsibilities of the Collective Agreement for Unit 1 Teaching Assistants. Together with CUPE 3906 President Sarah Wahab and Vice-President Graham Baker we will discuss what a Collective Agreement is, where to find ours, how to interpret it, and how to best understand our rights and responsibilities during our unique employment as Teaching Assistants.

Wednesday, February 8, 3:30-4:30 PM, CNH 332 — Marking Strategies 

 In this workshop, we will discuss best practices when it comes to marking assignments on a deadline, under time constraints, and with other challenges like completing our course work or writing. Come and share tips and questions.

Friday, February 17, 12:30-2:30 PM, CNH 332 — Mark-In 

Marking is…hard. For some of us, it helps to mark with colleagues, with support, and with a schedule! As Reading Week often entails crunch time and piles of marking for undergrad courses, this three-hour Mark-In is meant to help offset the panic and isolation that might creep in if you are trying to get your marking done before or during reading week. Join us for this 2-hour Mark-In where together we will drink coffee and tea, eat snacks, troubleshoot, and…mark.

Department of English and Cultural Studies