Teaching

  • Preparing a Teaching Award Nomination

    photo by Johnny Guatto You know a faculty member who is a beloved and well-respected teacher, who has had a strong influence on the teaching culture of your department or division, is involved with research on teaching and has acted as an educational leader.  You might think to yourself, this person should be recognized for […]

  • Thank Your Teacher Today

    Do you have a favourite teacher? The one (or maybe more than one) who made the difference in your education? Perhaps it was a different approach to teaching (my grade six teacher, Mr. Zettle, helped me see that learning could be an adventure. He was enthusiastic about every subject and taught us integers by turning […]

  • 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 […]

  • TA Day 2011

    TA Day 2011 was held on Sept. 1st. It was the perfect way to kickoff the month of September and the back to school season at U of T. As a trainer with the TATP, I find that TA day is an interesting opportunity to meet returning and new TAs. While TAs are often very […]

  • 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 […]

  • Spotlight on Students: Supporting Student-Faculty Interaction at CTSI

    Over the coming academic year, you’ll see a new “Spotlight on Students” feature in our CTSI: Focus blog, as well as in our online resources and faculty programming.  This feature is part of our efforts to enhance student-faculty interaction at the UofT. But what is this, and why is it important? In looking at student-faculty […]

  • CTSI Back-to-School Workshop Series

    From Tuesday, August 23 – Friday, August 26, 2011, the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation will host a series of “Back-to-School” sessions on a range of teaching topics to help instructors get ready for the new school year.  These sessions are open to all new and returning instructors at the University of Toronto. Here’s […]

  • Welcome to CTSI FOCUS

    First of all, we realize that starting a blog is not exactly cutting edge. If we claimed that we were breaking new ground by launching our blog then it would be fair to ask what year we think this is. Blogs have been a mainstay of the Internet for more than a decade now. Universities […]