Instructional Strategies

  • How to Use Images in Slides Effectively

    David Chang, Department of Psychology and TATP Science Trainer, offers some quick tips on effective ways to use images in your slides. Watch more TATP Shorts on a variety of tips and suggestions for tutorials and classes on the TATP site.

  • Narratives and teaching

    Robin Sutherland-Harris and I were co-facilitators of a TATP workshop today.  The workshop challenged TAs to convey a narrative (or a story) in a lesson for their students.  One of the foundational assumptions of the workshop was that narrative is a part of everyday life, including classroom life.  In the words of Abbott in The Cambridge […]

  • A Focus on Faculty

    As a part of the Student-Faculty Interaction initiative – highlighting faculty who implement alternative methods to engage with students – we (CTSI) have started a Focus on Faculty section on our website. Our first profiles are of two President’s Teaching Award winners: Barbara Murck, Department of Geography (UTM) and Andy Dicks, Department of Chemistry. Murck […]

  • Thinking Visually: Doodling, Concept Maps, and Notetaking

    As a student, were you one of those kids who doodled in the margins of your notebooks, or even on your desk (to the bane of janitorial staff everywhere)? Often thought to be something done to stave off boredom, doodling is something that, when channelled in the right direction, can lead to productive notetaking and […]

  • UpbeaT: Yes, learning can be fun!

    When was the last time you visited a farmer’s market? Or mixed up sugar with salt when you were baking a cake? Or made peanut butter from scratch? For one class at UofT, all these things have already been transformed into learning experiences. UofT Student Life blogger Erin, with UpbeaT, shows us a fun side […]

  • Collaborative Learning Techniques in Action

    Classes are in full swing, tutorials are up and running and we’re hearing reports of great experiences in the classrooms. Sandra Romain, a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology and the UTSC TA Trainer for the TATP, is having a great start to her tutorials. This is Sandra’s second year with the TATP (after […]

  • What to do when you don’t know the answer

    Ok, the academic year has finally started and many of you are Teaching Assistants for the very first time of your life! Congratulations, to be a T.A. at UofT is already an achievement. I know that most of you are a bit nervous about this new enterprise, and one of the worries you may have […]

  • Naming names

    Believe it or not, most students attend courses in which the Professor or Teaching Assistant barely knows their faces, let alone their names. Yet, learning your pupils’ names or nicknames can be a terrific asset in your teaching year. As the Romans used to say: “nomen omen” (“the name is a sign” or, if you […]

  • Coming Soon – Large Classroom Teaching

    The Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation will soon launch an online module on Exploring Large Classroom Teaching. The University of Toronto’s faculty and graduate students have a fair bit of experience in this area (as you might imagine) and we have looked to them for insight and advice on this topic. We’ve divided this […]

  • Focus on Teaching: The Top 5 Things Your Syllabus Needs

    Your syllabus is the roadmap for your course. Designing it carefully can help you to identify your teaching goals, and help your students plan their study schedule.  Check our Top 5 to make sure you’ve got the basics covered. 1.       Course evaluation scheme:  Include a breakdown of the work that your students are required to […]

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