TA Training

What is L&S TA Training?

L&S New TA Training is offered every Fall and Spring to the College’s 1500+ Teaching Assistants (graduate and undergraduate).  The Fall TA Training features a dedicated track for Returning TAs. All trainings offer two complementary components: an asynchronous Canvas course and an in-person training day. TAs will leave the training motivated and equipped to be effective and inclusive teachers. 

This training is strongly recommended for those new to their TA role at UW, or those who have been unable to attend a previous training. Completing both components is recommended, but some TAs may find just the Canvas coruse or in-person event best suited to their needs.

When is the next training?

The Fall 2024 in-person TA training date will be announced shortly. Advanced registration is requested.

 

TA Training Goals & Content

L&S New TA Training

The training will help TAs acquire knowledge, skills, and confidence to cultivate engaged, equitable environments where all students (and teachers!) can thrive as they navigate the challenges and joys of learning. To this end, TAs will:

  • Be motivated and equipped to be effective and inclusive teachers
    • See the benefits good teaching has for both you and your students
    • Redefine good teaching as an activity inherently centered around students and their learning
    • Apply effective and sustainable teaching practices
    • Use proven strategies to create learning opportunities and environments where all students have a chance to thrive
  • Identify essential policies and resources relevant to their TA role
  • Build confidence in their own abilities to successfully navigate classroom challenges
  • Connect personally with peers and an experienced teaching mentor

L&S New TA Training

Asynchronous Canvas modules, to be completed prior to the live training, include:

    • Intro to Pedagogy
    • Canvas Basics
    • TA Policies & Resources
    • Future Training Opportunities

Live Training Components:

    • Welcome from L&S
    • Inclusive Teaching Strategies session
    • Small group workshops, including:
      • Hands-on activities to explore important themes in teaching
      • Discussion of classroom challenges and common concerns
    • Campus Support for TAs
    • Experienced TA Q&A
    • Optional International TA Q&A

Departments wishing to learn more about what is covered in the training can reach out to Lynne Prost for access to the Canvas materials.

L&S Returning TA Training

Returning TA Training is offered in the fall.

TAs will:

  • Identify your personal strengths and growth areas related to teaching.
  • Select strategies for prioritizing your work and managing your time.
  • Communicate and begin implementing a consistent, practical, and values-aligned teaching philosophy.
  • Practice incorporating new strategies to resolve common teaching challenges.
  • Determine which Canvas tools to use to solve and prevent teaching challenges.

L&S Returning TA Training

Returning TA Training is offered in the fall.

Asynchronous Canvas modules, to be completed prior to the live training, include:

    • Teaching Philosophy
    • Sustainable Teaching
    • Canvas Leveling Up
    • Advanced Teaching Challenges

Live Training Components:

    • Welcome from L&S
    • Inclusive Teaching Strategies session
    • Small group workshops, including:
      • Guided Reflection on Teaching
      • Drafting a Teaching Philosophy OR Drafting a Sustainable Teaching Plan
      • Discussion Activities: Approaching Common Teaching Challenges
    • Campus Support for TAs
    • Experienced TA Q&A
    • Optional International TA Q&A

Departments wishing to learn more about what is covered in the training can reach out to Lynne Prost for access to the Canvas materials.

Recent L&S TA Training

On Monday, January 22, 2024, L&S hosted a training for New Teaching Assistants (graduate and undergraduate). If TAs were unable to attend the in-person event, they may still reach out to teach.learn@ls.wisc.edu to access the Canvas materials.

Photos from Spring ’24 Training