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Friday, January 10 • 12:15pm - 1:30pm
2.3 Lab TA 101: A guide to teaching in a practical setting

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Supervise a diverse group of frantic and often ill-prepared students for hours, multi-task between answering questions and demonstrating practical techniques, and make sure everyone finishes on time while not physically harming themselves. That’s a general description of what a being a laboratory TA can entail, and it can definitely be daunting as the whole learning environment is very different from normal classrooms. At the same time, however, laboratory education can provide a unique set of skills and experiences that can be incredibly beneficial to anyone’s teaching résumé. In this workshop, we will overview the challenges that can arise in being a laboratory TA, what skills are needed to be successful, and how to turn your laboratory teaching assignment into an invaluable educational experience. To accomplish this, we will have interactive discussions on real-life scenarios that focus on highlighting the important aspects in being an effective lab TA. This session is intended for laboratory TAs of any level of expertise. From this teaching exercise, our goal is that TAs will come away feeling confident, prepared for challenging situations, cognisant of safety concerns, and excited to interact with students in a positive environment, all of which will hopefully give your lab TA assignment a whole new perspective.


Friday January 10, 2020 12:15pm - 1:30pm PST
Halpern Centre 114