Tutorial Training Options for Returning TAs

All Teaching Assistants returning to teach in a subsequent appointment of 70 hours or more can submit a request to their supervisor for up to 3 hours of training in preparation for tutorial teaching. Returning TAs who have already received the 3 hours of initial mandatory training may require additional training because:

  • they are teaching a tutorial in a different category from the  one for which they were initially trained, or
  • they are teaching a tutorial with a larger (or smaller) number of students and require training in Adapting Teaching Techniques (ATT).

Here are your options for receiving this additional tutorial-specific training:

    1. Check with your department/unit to see if any additional tutorial-focused training is being offered on-site to returning TAs in your department/unit.
    2. Attend one of the many 1-hour Tutorial Training workshops (your department will tell you how many hours of paid training you are to receive) the TATP will be offering at the start of the Fall and Winter terms. The TATP will be running workshops in each of the 4 categories – discussion-based teaching, skill development, review, and labs/practicals. The TATP will also offer “Adapting Teaching Techniques” (ATT) workshops, relevant for any discipline. These workshops will provide strategies for adapting your learning activities to suit the number of students in a tutorial. Check the Tutorial Training Workshop page for descriptions, dates and times.
    3. Register for the appropriate concurrent session focusing on tutorial training or Adapting Teaching Techniques at one of the TATP Job Training Days.
    4. Attend one of the many 2-hour pedagogical workshops the TATP will be offering throughout the 2015-16 academic year as part of its regular TATP Workshop Series. Several workshops will focus on topics that can count as tutorial training. Look for the Tutorial Training icons! Workshops that can be considered for paid tutorial training will be indicated on the website with the appropriate icon.