Teaching Strategies

  • Think-Pair-Share with the TATP

    The Teaching Assistants’ Training Program has a new TATP Short to share. Enjoy! This one, on Think-Pair-Share, is presented by Darius Rackus, Department of Chemistry, TATP Science Trainer. You can watch more TATP Shorts on the TATP website.  

  • How to make instructional videos

    By Maryam Shafiei, ACT Support Assistant You have probably heard the mantras, “Show, don’t tell” or “I hear and I forget, I see and I remember”. Visually illustrating a new skill is now a significant element of multi-modal instruction and a frequently used tool in instructional design. You can find training videos everywhere – from […]

  • Visual Oompf!

    Post 3: Video Killed the Faculty Star You remember the feeling from your elementary school days. That all to perfect moment when, the teacher stepped away from the chalk board, rolled out the a/v cart, hit the play button (or, gasp, fed in the film reel to the dusty projector) and retreated to the back […]

  • Focus on Faculty: Engaging Students with Extra Credit Projects

    For many chemistry students, organic chemistry is a course that forms the basis of the rest of their program, and can be an intimidating and challenging subject. To Lana Mikhaylichenko and Effie Sauer, however, it is a subject filled with creative potential. So for them, finding ways for students to enjoy organic chemistry was about […]

  • Evaluating participation

    Evaluating student participation in tutorials or seminars can be a challenge for everyone from first time TAs to experienced instructors. Recently, I came across an interesting suggestion posted on the Student Participation/Active Learning page on the website of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.  They offer the suggestion of providing students with the opportunity […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]