3 Karen Newmann and Leah Allen Upper Year Coordinators Chemistry PersonnelCourse CoordinatorsUndergraduate TechniciansJeff Landry1st Year CoordinatorBrad Sheeller2nd Year CoordinatorJanet WelshHeather PettitKaren Newmann and Leah AllenUpper Year CoordinatorsAngela VanderlaanNicki RobinsonPatricia MartinFaculty:
4 Undergraduate Chemistry Courses First Year1AO3/1AA3 – Introductory Chemistry I/II1EO3 – General Chemistry of Engineers I1RO3 – General Chemistry (for students without High School chemistry)
5 Undergraduate Chemistry Courses Second Year2AO3 – Analytical Chemistry I (Engineers)2EO3 – Introductory Organic (Engineers)2BA3/2BB3 – Organic Chemistry A/B2OA3/2OB3 – Organic Chemistry I/II (Biology/Health Science)2IO3 – Structure and Reactions of the Main Group Elements2NO3 – Analytical Chemistry (Biology)2PA3 – Thermodynamics & Phase Equilibria2PB3 – Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics2RO3 – General Physical Chemistry (Biology)2WW2 – Inorganic Chemistry for Materials Engineers
7 Possible TA Duties Lab Demonstrator Tutorial Leader Marker Invigilator Responsible for overseeing students in lab, demonstrating techniques, safety, marking labs, etc.Tutorial LeaderResponsible for leading tutorials for students, answering student questions, help centreMarkerResponsible for marking assignments, tests, exams, etc.InvigilatorResponsible for monitoring students writing tests or exams, watching for and reporting cheatingOthers??Note: Your assigned TA unit (1 unit = 65 hours) may be a combination of one or more of the above duties (ie. Tutorial Leader and Invigilator)
8 Lab Demonstrator – The Basics Preparation is KeyRead Lab Manual Prior to LabAvailable On-line – Be sure and print out a copy!Don’t forget to read over instructions for any specific techniques!Questions? Ask Lab Coordinator for that courseProper Attire – Set a Good ExampleNo shorts/sandalsHair tied backSafety gogglesLab coatShould we bring an example lab manual from first year and orgo along with the TA instruction sheets?
9 Timeline (1AO3/1EO3, 2OA3) Prelab Meeting (15 min.) Extra information for TAs for the lab that weekVideo introductions for each lab (1st, 2nd Year)Remember to turn the TV on!Take attendanceExperiment TimeStudents will complete reports in lab and hand them in immediatelyTA marks student reports with given a marking scheme in ~ 1 week timeTA records marks and enters them on-line or gives them to the Lab CoordinatorDo we need to mention the website for entering your grades?
10 Lab Demonstrator – First Lab Introduce yourselfWrite your name on the board how you would like it spelled!Your contact info (optional)Your TimeOutline expectations/standardsPenalties for not meeting these standardsEncouragement/ReassurancesLab Tips & Tricks for SuccessShould we compile a list of expectations/standards that many TAs use?Give examples of how encourage, reassure and help/teach without giving the student the answer
11 Lab Demonstrator – Tips & Advice 15 min MeetingTake notesAsk questionsExperiment timeCirculate & observeAsk Questions, don’t just give answersTime management – Keep students moving!SafetyWhat does circulate & observe mean—I think we should explain howWhat questions should they be askingHow can they motivate their students to get out on time and to get working faster
12 Tutorial Leader – The Basics Preparation is KeyRead over tutorial/answersWork out problems yourself, ask questionsAwareness (Deadlines, quizzes, lectures, etc.)What to ExpectTutorial = Open FormatLecture style – helpful for clarification of a difficult conceptQuestion & Answer – be careful not to answer assignment questions!Student directed – i.e. “What tutorial problems were the hardest? Let’s go over them.”Small group discussion – Circulate and monitor group problem solvingHelp Centre = ChaosStudents will ask anything and everythingBe well prepared!Be aware of tutorial/assignment problems, lecture material
13 Marker – The Basics Consistency Efficiency Be aware of cheating! Follow the marking schemeReport errors in marking schemeCommunication – to other TAs and professorEfficiencyMark all the same question at the same timeBe aware of cheating!What should they do if they suspect cheating?Marking and Cheating should be on the list of expectations
14 Invigilator – The Basics Know your surroundingsWashroom locations, etc.Bring a watch (not all rooms have clocks)Cheating = Large problemCirculate and observeReport suspicious behavior to co-invigilators/ facultyClarify questions but don’t give answers or hints
15 Resources Chemistry TA Coordinator Senior Teaching Assistants 1AO3/1AA3:Volodia SvitlykGreg SmithCarlos CruzDave Brock (Tutuorials)2OA3/2OB3:Lawrence HuckFarah LollmahomedTomoko AharenTeri GallonDave Thompson (Tutuorials)2N03/2A03:Linda DavisBonnie LeungRichard LeeDr. Peter KruseABB 263x23480Graduate Student Contact List:B108 Wentworth HousePhone extYour Union Steward:Greg Smith
16 TA Network – Mac Chem TA Our Mission How to Accomplish This? Helping you be a happy, effective TA in the Chemistry DepartmentHow to Accomplish This?Workshops (i.e. Marking), Discussion Groups, etc. offered throughout the yearDevelopment of TA resources for ChemistryAsk us your Questions, tell us your Problems/ FRUSTRATIONS!!!Contact us at:
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