About Graduate TA Program
Graduate Teaching Assistant Practicum
You can document your ongoing professional development through our Graduate Teaching Assistant Practicum (GTAP). The GTAP consists of a number of components that together reflect growth as a facilitator of student learning: workshop attendance and participation, an Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) and two observations of classroom teaching. The practicum is documented within a teaching dossier and is completed at your own pace.
By integrating the experiences of the Saturday morning TA workshops, the ISW and your classroom observations of some of our university professors, you can compile what it takes to create a GTAP! The observation involves attending two single classes and writing reflective statements identifying what was observed in terms of instructional strategies used and learning outcomes achieved. This observation is not an evaluation of the instructor but rather a conduit for the TA’s reflective practice.
If you visit the Centre for Centre for Pedagogical Innovation (CPI) you may obtain a list of experienced faculty who have volunteered to be observed. Additionally, you will be given a list of questions to guide the reflection on the classes you attend. Once these experiences have been reflected in your dossier, please come to the CPI so we can lead you through an exit interview. This last piece completes your practicum program.
If you are interested in completing the Graduate Teaching Assistant Practicum or if you need some more information, please contact Lianne Fisher to assist you in this process and document your success.