CTSI Workshops

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CREATING MORE EQUITABLE AND INCLUSIVE CLASSROOMS: QUESTIONS, CONSIDERATIONS AND PRACTICES  

Facilitators:
Marie Vander Kloet, Assistant Director, TATP/CTSI
Jasjit Sangha, Learning Strategist, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering
Chirag Variawa, Director, First Year Curriculum, & Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering

In this interactive workshop, we focus on how to bring an equity lens to your work as an educator. Participants can expect to troubleshoot case studies in groups, write reflectively on one’s own and identify teaching practices to adopt this semester (together and individually). To do this, we will think through unconscious bias, the role of language and engage in deep listening to draw awareness to power relations in the classroom.

January 16, 2019
1pm-4pm
CTSI, Blackburn Room
Robarts Library, 4th Floor

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TEACHING: FINDING & KEEPING BALANCE

Facilitator: Carol Rolheiser, Director, CTSI

Teaching is a complex undertaking that requires balancing the many demands on our time and energy. This session provides an opportunity to focus on and discuss a number of strategies that can influence how each of us finds and keeps balance. Strategies connected to four areas will be discussed: 1) Planning; 2) From Me to We; 3) Technology; and, 4) Documentation and Reflections. Opportunity will be provided to consider tips for balance generated by a range of instructors across the university and for each participant to generate a goal and related action for finding and keeping balance in 2019.

Session Outcomes:

  • To consider concrete ideas and strategies for finding and keeping balance as you engage in the many facets of your teaching role at U of T
  • To determine one goal and related action for the upcoming year

January 18, 2019
12pm-1pm
CTSI, Blackburn Room
Robarts Library, 4th Floor

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INTEGRATION OF MOVEMENT BREAKS INTO THE UNDERGRADUATE CLASSROOM: STUDY DESIGN & PRELIMINARY FINDINGS

Facilitators:
Ananya Tina Bannerjee, Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Jackie L. Bender, Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health

How can you help keep students healthy, engaged, focused and ready to learn? There is preliminary evidence to suggest that offering students short movement breaks during lectures improves student wellbeing and engagement in class, and increases their intention to reduce sedentary behaviour and engage in physical activity outside of class. In this session, we will highlight how we developed a series of 10 video-led movement breaks for instructors to incorporate into their undergraduate classes and then used a LEAF-funded study to investigate the effect of video-led movement breaks on student wellbeing in class. These “Movember Breaks” were 3-minutes in duration and consisted of a combination of simple stretches, dance moves and mindfulness meditation developed and led by licensed and accredited exercise instructors. Students who participated consistently in movement breaks throughout the term (9-12 classes) reported significant increases in their emotional, physical and social wellbeing in class. We argue that consistent participation in short video-led movement breaks throughout a school term can increase the emotional, physical and social wellbeing of undergraduate students during class.

January 31, 2019
1pm-3:30pm
CTSI, Blackburn Room
Robarts Library, 4th Floor

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DEMYSTIFYING THE DOSSIER: PUTTING IT INTO WORDS – DRAFTING YOUR STATEMENT OF TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

Facilitator: Megan Burnett, Associate Director, CTSI

As part of the Demystifying the Dossier series of workshops, this session focuses on one of the key components of the teaching dossier that is also one of the most challenging to write: the opening Statement of Teaching Philosophy. A good statement summarizes and highlights the core beliefs and principles of an educator while also providing a conceptual framework for the dossier materials that follow. It needs to provide enough information and examples to convey a vivid sense of the values and approaches of an instructor, yet also needs to be clear enough and concise enough to be meaningful to the reader of the dossier.

In this interactive and practical workshop, participants will:

  • identify key elements of a successful statement – this will include brief analysis of sample statements;
  • examine their own perspectives on teaching;
  • review steps to follow when preparing to write the statement;
  • practice articulating key aspects of their teaching through short writing activities and discussion;
  • edit their own teaching statement draft.

To benefit fully from this workshop, registrants will be asked to complete the “Teaching Perspectives Inventory” (a free online survey that takes approximately 20 minutes to complete) prior to the session and are required to bring a draft of their statement (no matter how rough, even bullet points and rough notes will work) to the session. The goal is for participants to leave the workshop with a very clear sense of what steps to take to enhance their drafts.

This session will not focus on how to prepare/compile the actual dossier itself. CTSI will be hosting a workshop on Preparing Your Teaching Dossier on April 10, 2019. Participants attending the Putting It Into Words session do not need to know how to prepare a teaching dossier to be able to benefit from the workshop.

February 12, 2019
2pm-4pm
CTSI, Blackburn Room
Robarts Library, 4th Floor