Advice for first-time TAs

The first day of class is critical to setting the tone for a good semester. This article from the Chronicle of Higher Education provides insights on how you can establish a successful learning environment starting on the very first day of class. How to Teach a Good First Day of

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Leading Effective Classroom Discussions

Earlier this semester, TAP project manager Ben Arenger and program coordinator Zoë Kitchel led a workshop on facilitating conversations in the classroom. We had exciting and fruitful discussions, and wanted to share our major takeaways with you. Best Practices Consider the physical setup of your classroom space. Is it conducive

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TAPcast S1E12: 5 Tips for Time Management, Organization, and Balancing Responsibilities as a Grad Student TA

In this episode, host Chloe Wawrzyniak shares 5 tips for time management, organization, and balancing our many responsibilities as graduate student TAs. You can find the tips and related resources below. Tip #1: Get a Calendar Trello Bullet Journals http://shrieves.net/blog/2017/5/25/how-one-academic-uses-bullet-journal-to-stay-organized Tip #2: Stay on top of your emails Tip #3: Know the difference

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End of Semester Grading

While grading is an ongoing responsibility, many TAs feel the pressures of grading especially strongly at the end of the term. As students worry about their final course grades, they may have more questions about your grading practices, more motivation to turn in late work, and more desire to do

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TAPcast S1E11: TAP Answers Your Questions

In this episode of TAPcast, the TA Project team answers your questions about being a TA. Chloe Wawrzyniak, Janna Dominick, and Zoë Kitchel answer the following questions in this episode: Every day, the same student comes to class over 30 minutes late. Is there anything I can do? What is

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Mid-semester Evaluations

While student’s complete end-of-semester evaluations, these can only help you improve your teaching in the future. Early and regular feedback can help you to: Improve a course immediately; Get a class back on track if it isn’t going well; Refine a course that is going well; and Alert you to problems

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