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Graduate Students Fireside Chats on Teaching

Dear science graduate students & post-docs,

We’re thrilled to announce that we will be re-starting our Science Graduate Student “fireside” chats on teaching and learning this Fall.  We—Dr. Tamara Kelly (Science Pedagogical Chair) and Ashley Nahornick (FSc. Educational Developer)—started this as an online offering in 2021/22. This year, you’ll have the option to attend in-person (snacks!) or online – we want everyone to have the opportunity to join in.

We will meet the third Monday of September, October, and November from 2 – 3 pm in-person in Bethune College 320, and the second Monday of December from 2-3 p.m. on Bethune College 320. Zoom links are listed below for those who cannot attend in-person. Winter meeting times will be sent out later in the Fall.

Each month we will discuss a crucial question related to teaching & learning science and there may be papers/resources suggested to support our developing knowledge. These informal one-hour conversations are a way to learn from each other’s experiences and knowledge in teaching Science.

All graduate students and post-docs are welcome to join. Drinks and snacks will be served!

A certificate of completion will be issued to those that participate in a minimum four sessions throughout the year.


Meeting Schedule:

Date   Topic   Zoom Details: 
1.     Monday, September 19 from 2-3 p.m. How do you design your lessons? Meeting ID: 920 6763 4685

Passcode: 535057

2.     Monday, October 17 from 2-3 p.m. What do you find are the best practices for delivering a lesson? Meeting ID: 989 3448 1520Passcode: 967544
3.     Monday, November 21 from 2-3 p.m. How do you deal with radio silence in the classroom with your students? Meeting ID: 931 8565 5297

Passcode: 281044

4.     Monday, Dec 12 from 2-3 p.m. **Note the change in schedule** How do you know if your lesson is effective? Meeting ID: 964 8551 2551Passcode: 832090
5.     January TBA What are good methods to make your classroom a positive and inclusive environment?
6.     February TBA  What are the best ways to create an accessible learning environment?
7.     March TBA  What are your favorite assessment strategies?
8.     April TBA Open discussion on common graduate students teaching issues in Science and suggestions in preparation of the FSc. Spring Teaching Event + Party (Cake will be served)


If you have any questions, or comments, please contact Dr. Ashley Nahornick (, or Dr. Tamara Kelly (



Ashley & Tamara





Sep 19 2022


2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Bethune 320
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