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GATA Winter Academy returns on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018.

Presented by the GATA Network, GATA Winter Academy 2018 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 2018 will be held on Wednesday, January 3rd, from 9:00am-2:30pm in McPherson Lounge in Alumni Hall.

This session will feature three workshops:

  • Balancing the Demands of being a Student, Researcher, and GA/TA
  • Encouraging and Answering Questions in Science Labs and Tutorials
  • Effective and Efficient Strategies for Grading Written Assignments

Registration is FREE. Participants register for each workshop separately.

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

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

9:00 AM

Grading and Providing Effective Feedback

Schedule: Wednesday, January 03, 2018, 09:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Location: McPherson Lounge
Instructors: Harmony Peach
Much of your work as a TA/GA will be to provide students with your evaluative judgements about their work. But, in addition to grading and providing effective feedback, you will also employ skills like time management, interpersonal communication with professors and students, and sound and critical judgement. This session will offer strategies to help you provide constructive, meaningful feedback aimed at helping students to improve. Participants will also be given tips on instructor and student correspondence, and be offered a practical opportunity to practice employing the strategies learned in this session.

10:45 AM

Encouraging and Answering Questions in Science Labs and Tutorials

Schedule: Wednesday, January 03, 2018, 10:45 AM – 12:15 PM
Location: McPherson Lounge
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

Juggling Through Life As A University Student: How To Balance Your Roles of Teacher, Researcher, and Student

Schedule: Wednesday, January 03, 2018, 01:00 PM – 02:30 PM
Location: McPherson Lounge
Feeling overwhelmed with your many roles as a student? Not taught how to be a university juggler? We’re here to help! Stress and over-commitment can negatively impact your scholarly experience. But by becoming aware of different methods to handle adversity and having a varied toolbox of strategies to help you cope with your many roles, you can turn a potentially daunting experience into something positive and enjoyable. Through a variety of self-reflective and engaging activities, this workshop will help you identify gaps in your work-life balance, pinpoint your weak areas, and provide you with tools to turn them into strengths