• TED talks and teaching

    Image of Bonnie Bassler’s TED Talk by jurvetson at Today, the Toronto TEDx event is happening in Toronto. What are TED Talks you ask? According to the TED talks website: TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, […]

  • PhD comics and TA training

    Piled Higher and Deeper, a grad school comic strip, created by Jorge Cham, has long been a source of inspiration for the TATP trainers in delivering initial TA training sessions across the University of Toronto campuses. Cham’s comic strip provides many humourous takes on the challenges facing TAs. Here are some of my favourite lessons […]

  • Training for first-contract TAs

    As you may know, the current CUPE 3902 Unit 1 collective agreement requires that all first-contract TAs receive 3 hours of paid pedagogical training.  However, did you know that the Teaching Assistants’ Training Program (TATP) can assist your department with this training?  You, the hiring department/unit, can 1) develop and deliver the training and request […]

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