Questions concerning the use of graduate students as course instructors, usually under the supervision of a faculty member.

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Is teaching a graduate course with 30 students an unreasonable expectation for a PhD student with a TA contract?

I am a PhD student in a social science field, and am on a teaching assistantship. My contract stipulates that TAs are to work no more than an average of 15 hours per week. For my particular ...
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What should I do if I don't know the answer to a question posed by a student?

If I am the TA for a class, what should I do if a student asks me a question which I can't answer? While "tell the truth and say you don't know" is one approach, are there other options?
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How to improve myself as a recitation (discussion,lab,tutorial) teacher?

This question is related to How to improve myself as a lecturer?. However, being a PhD student, my main teaching obligation is leading recitations, i.e. sessions for groups of ~20 students that take ...
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Letter of recommendation for academic position after PhD from a professor with whom I've had teaching-only interactions, not research

When applying for a tenure-track academic position in the US right after my PhD (in the US too), is it a good idea to ask for a letter of recommendation from a professor in my graduate school with ...
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What to do in recitation?

Forgive me if this is not the right place to ask pedagogical questions, but it seemed the most appropriate. I am a TA for a programming/CS course. This is my first time teaching recitation and I'm ...
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From which level of education, is it better to choose teacher assistants?

I think that it is normal to choose teacher assistants for BSc courses from MSc or PhD students and TAs for MSc courses to be from PhD students; In case that the PhD or MSc students are not ...
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Is it acceptable that a teacher assistant encourage students to read his authored materials too?

During my leisure time, I used to prepare some pamphlets in the topic of courses I always wanted to teach. Each, full of examples and solved problems which I designed and solved myself, not ...
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How much homework or exam is normal for a teaching assistance class? [closed]

Everybody has his own method of teaching in the TA class. One may only go and solve problems of a book. The other may be into teaching and then solving some problems and the other may be interested in ...
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Graduate Assistantships

Do a lot of graduate programs provide assistanships to their students (e.g. teaching or research assistanships)? How common is it for graduate students to be paid while going to graduate school?
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Do any schools offer teaching or research assistantships via distance education?

I would like to complete an MRes or PhD, but do not live in an area with any schools. I would rather not relocate. I see that many schools offer paid MRes or PhD programs entirely via distance. Do ...
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What is a TA called when he/she is in charge of organization?

I am a non-native speaker and writing my cv. In my subject (mathematics), there are small exercise groups where you have to grade the students' homework and discuss it with them; some are hold by ...
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Should I reward points for an incorrect answer if it is the result of misinformation presented in a TA's office hours?

So a TA came to me asking for advice. He gave wrong information in office hours leading a student to a wrong answer. The TA showed the student how to solve the problem via the wrong statistical test ...
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What is the history of teaching assistants (TAs) in France?

What is the history of teaching assistants (TAs) in France? I know that in France—as late as the early 20th century, although I'm not sure if this is true now—a university student (undergrad or ...
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Teaching at a community college with a master's degree

I'm interested in teaching a class at the community college level. I'm not interested in it as a career, but rather because I like teaching people about computer science. How likely is it that I ...
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Student asks TA if his result (figure) is correct

I'm TAing a class that uses Piazza (an online student forum), in addition to the traditional office hours. A student made a (private) post, where he uploaded a MATLAB figure and asked whether it is ...
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“You are paid to answer my questions!” - how to handle silly questions?

How do I handle silly questions? By silly, I mean questions that are unrelated to the material of the course. First, I am a TA. Recently, a student asked me a very silly question at the end of a lab ...
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How to describe the relation between a course instructor to his teaching assistant?

How do you describe the relation between a course instructor to his teaching assistant? Is he the "teaching supervisor" to his TA? This is encountered during PhD application. Thanks!
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Contract signing session etiquette for student coaches

I am a first time faculty member straight out of grad school and I have been installed as a director for a "learning center". We hire undergraduate and graduate student "coaches" in the learning ...
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How to prepare for being a TA (Teaching Assistant)?

I start my graduate program next week, which includes spending some of my time as a Teaching Assistant. It is my least favorite part of job, and I do not want to teach in my career after that. I dont ...
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Regarding “discussion sections” for undergraduate science courses

I will be undertaking my first teaching position as a graduate student in the fall - I will be leading two of the discussion sections for an undergraduate biology course. What sorts of things should ...
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Why is there a stigma of assigning the title TA to an undergraduate?

I am entering my senior year of undergraduate study in Computer Science at a small, primarily undergraduate institution. I plan to attend graduate school and pursue a PhD in Computer Science and ...
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Should I talk to my advisor regarding undergrad advising workload?

Recently one of my profs (other than my advisor) told me that I am not doing well in his subject. Should I tell this to my advisor? Actually the reason of me not doing well is doing other jobs ...
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How to effectively supervise grad student calculus teaching assistants (TAs)?

Those of you at universities where calculus is taught in small sections with graduate student instructors; what sort of structure do you have for supervising/mentoring the graduate students and ...
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Is it alright to skip problem solving sessions during coursework?

During coursework, there are sessions where a problem set is distributed beforehand and a TA works out the solutions in front of the class in a stipulated session. Given the student works out the ...
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What are some ways to increase grading speed?

I sometimes spend too much time on grading students' homework in the class I am a TA for. I am asking if there are some ways to improve grading speed? I hope that I can learn some useful tips from ...
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How will this departmental restructuring plan affect students and faculty?

I am an undergraduate Computer Engineering student at the University of Florida. In response to recent budget cuts to higher education in Florida, my department (Computer and Information Sciences and ...
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How important are TA student evaluation points and how does one earn them?

I have seen a number of résumés of doctorate students, but only a few of them mention their TA grade points alongside their teaching experience. How important are these points in evaluating the ...
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Teaching Assistantships and research

I'm working as a TA now, and I've found that I'm spending an inordinate amount of time on my TA-ship. Is this normal? Furthermore, is this expected? I'm worried that my research career will suffer ...