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GATA Winter Academy returns on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019.

Presented by the GATA Network, GATA Winter Academy 2019 is a full day of intensive professional development workshops for current and prospective UWindsor graduate assistants (GAs) and teaching assistants (TAs). Workshops feature material and activities for both new and experienced GAs/TAs.

GATA Winter Academy 2019 will be held on Wednesday, January 2nd, from 9:00am-2:30pm in the Medical Education Building, Room 3102.

This session will feature three workshops:

  • Enabling Your Work/Life Balance - living effectively as a Student, Researcher, GA/TA, and Human Being
  • Encouraging and Answering Questions in Science Labs and Tutorials
  • Effective Grading and Feedback: The Breakfast of Champions

Registration is FREE. Participants register for each workshop separately.

***FREE refreshments to be provided.***

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

9:00 AM

Enabling Your Work/Life Balance - living effectively as a Student, Researcher, GA/TA, and Human Being

Schedule: Wednesday, January 02, 2019, 09:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Location: Medical Education Building, Room 3102
This informative and interactive session will provide you with tools, tips and engaging discussions that will enable you to effectively and efficiently balance the demands of being a Student, Researcher, and GA/TA with your life as a human being. Balance is required to succeed, as maintaining your well-being is required to enjoy your success. Topics reviewed will include help with organization, technology and tools, local resources, effective communication, and building balance into your life. Perfect to plan for your New Year ahead.

10:45 AM

Encouraging and Answering Questions in Science Labs and Tutorials

Schedule: Wednesday, January 02, 2019, 10:45 AM – 12:15 PM
Location: Medical Education Building, Room 3102
Instructors: Michelle Bondy
Labs and tutorials represent both a large percentage of an undergraduate science students’ class time and an opportunity to concretize and clarify concepts from readings and lectures. As a GA/TA, you will be an important contact for students as they navigate course material, but as a student yourself, you may not consider yourself an expert in the subject you are teaching. In this workshop, we will explore ways in which you can address and encourage questions from your students, even when you are not confident in your own knowledge and experience with the topic.

1:00 PM

Effective Grading and Feedback: The Breakfast of Champions

Schedule: Wednesday, January 02, 2019, 01:00 PM – 02:30 PM
Location: Medical Education Building, Room 3102
Part of helping students truly learn involves careful and thoughtful feedback. Therefore, it is beneficial for TA/Gas to develop practical grading and feedback skills, as this will be one of your biggest responsibilities throughout the semester.
Through this workshop, you will be introduced to strategies to help you craft constructive, meaningful feedback aimed at helping students to improve. Differences will be described between the characteristics of feedback versus effective feedback. You will also have the opportunity to see various grading/feedback frameworks, and to practice the strategies learned in this session. By the end of this workshop, you will be able to apply various feedback methods that are compatible with any teaching context and style.