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1 Department of Chemistry TA Orientation
By: The Chemistry TA Network Heather Cuthbert, Amanda Donovan, Christa Homenick, Anika Louie

2 TA Network Heather Cuthbert Amanda Donovan ABB 443 ABB 466
x27396 Amanda Donovan ABB 466 x27128 Food & Juicy? 404A instead???/ Christa Homenick ABB A402A x27678 Anika Louie ABB 466 x27128

3 Karen Newmann and Leah Allen Upper Year Coordinators
Chemistry Personnel Course Coordinators Undergraduate Technicians Jeff Landry 1st Year Coordinator Brad Sheeller 2nd Year Coordinator Janet Welsh Heather Pettit Karen Newmann and Leah Allen Upper Year Coordinators Angela Vanderlaan Nicki Robinson Patricia Martin Faculty:

4 Undergraduate Chemistry Courses
First Year 1AO3/1AA3 – Introductory Chemistry I/II 1EO3 – General Chemistry of Engineers I 1RO3 – General Chemistry (for students without High School chemistry)

5 Undergraduate Chemistry Courses
Second Year 2AO3 – Analytical Chemistry I (Engineers) 2EO3 – Introductory Organic (Engineers) 2BA3/2BB3 – Organic Chemistry A/B 2OA3/2OB3 – Organic Chemistry I/II (Biology/Health Science) 2IO3 – Structure and Reactions of the Main Group Elements 2NO3 – Analytical Chemistry (Biology) 2PA3 – Thermodynamics & Phase Equilibria 2PB3 – Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics 2RO3 – General Physical Chemistry (Biology) 2WW2 – Inorganic Chemistry for Materials Engineers

6 Undergraduate Chemistry Courses
Third Year 3AO3 – Analytical Chemistry II 3BA3 – Quantum Mechanics & Spectroscopy I 3DO3 – Organic Chemistry 3FO3 – Bio-Organic Chemistry (Biology) 3LI3 – Chemistry Laboratory Inquiry 3PO3 – Transition Metal Chemistry

7 Possible TA Duties Lab Demonstrator Tutorial Leader Marker Invigilator
Responsible for overseeing students in lab, demonstrating techniques, safety, marking labs, etc. Tutorial Leader Responsible for leading tutorials for students, answering student questions, help centre Marker Responsible for marking assignments, tests, exams, etc. Invigilator Responsible for monitoring students writing tests or exams, watching for and reporting cheating Others?? 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 Key Read Lab Manual Prior to Lab Available 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 course Proper Attire – Set a Good Example No shorts/sandals Hair tied back Safety goggles Lab coat Should 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 week Video introductions for each lab (1st, 2nd Year) Remember to turn the TV on! Take attendance Experiment Time Students will complete reports in lab and hand them in immediately TA marks student reports with given a marking scheme in ~ 1 week time TA records marks and enters them on-line or gives them to the Lab Coordinator Do we need to mention the website for entering your grades?

10 Lab Demonstrator – First Lab
Introduce yourself Write your name on the board how you would like it spelled! Your contact info (optional) Your Time Outline expectations/standards Penalties for not meeting these standards Encouragement/Reassurances Lab Tips & Tricks for Success Should 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 Meeting Take notes Ask questions Experiment time Circulate & observe Ask Questions, don’t just give answers Time management – Keep students moving! Safety What does circulate & observe mean—I think we should explain how What questions should they be asking How can they motivate their students to get out on time and to get working faster

12 Tutorial Leader – The Basics
Preparation is Key Read over tutorial/answers Work out problems yourself, ask questions Awareness (Deadlines, quizzes, lectures, etc.) What to Expect Tutorial = Open Format Lecture style – helpful for clarification of a difficult concept Question & 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 solving Help Centre = Chaos Students will ask anything and everything Be well prepared! Be aware of tutorial/assignment problems, lecture material

13 Marker – The Basics Consistency Efficiency Be aware of cheating!
Follow the marking scheme Report errors in marking scheme Communication – to other TAs and professor Efficiency Mark all the same question at the same time Be 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 surroundings Washroom locations, etc. Bring a watch (not all rooms have clocks) Cheating = Large problem Circulate and observe Report suspicious behavior to co-invigilators/ faculty Clarify questions but don’t give answers or hints

15 Resources Chemistry TA Coordinator Senior Teaching Assistants
1AO3/1AA3: Volodia Svitlyk Greg Smith Carlos Cruz Dave Brock (Tutuorials) 2OA3/2OB3: Lawrence Huck Farah Lollmahomed Tomoko Aharen Teri Gallon Dave Thompson (Tutuorials) 2N03/2A03: Linda Davis Bonnie Leung Richard Lee Dr. Peter Kruse ABB 263 x23480 Graduate Student Contact List: B108 Wentworth House Phone ext Your 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 Department How to Accomplish This? Workshops (i.e. Marking), Discussion Groups, etc. offered throughout the year Development of TA resources for Chemistry Ask us your Questions, tell us your Problems/ FRUSTRATIONS!!! Contact us at:


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