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I could not follow a proper rubric to the bone. That's not unusual. Following a rubric is indeed difficult, even for people who have had many years of experience in teaching. And the rubrics supplied by professors to TAs are often not very good. Most often I'd have to make a rubric myself, That's a good thing - you found something that helped you get ...


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You are mixing two things. Your performance as a TA is independent of your performance as a PhD student. Being a good TA or a grader is no requirement for you to be a good PhD student. So leave out the thought of being terminated from PhD. TAs make mistakes all the time. So do professors and lecturers. Grading is not easy and there is no solution to it. In ...


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I would omit all the materials in your initial email, and just ask the lecturer a simple concise question: I would be interested in working as a teaching assistant for your course. Are there any openings, and if so, what is the procedure to apply? If not, do you know who I would contact about working as a teaching assistant for another course? There is no ...


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I think your question extends beyond programming-related courses and also applies to virtually any course with a significant hands-on laboratory component (think chemistry labs, biology labs, physics labs, etc). The main reason that TAs or lab instructors are used in these subjects is because hands-on instruction does not scale as well as lecture-style ...


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Grading is hard, and it is the structure of reality which we have to accept that we get to hurt others. If you don't hurt anyone you're doing nothing. Sure it's best to go to an approach which minimises suffering but don't mess yourself up because of it. Go with a "minimum neccesary force" aproach in punishing yourself. Just enough to not do stupid ...


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First, I would challenge your assumptions that professors are not involved in the coding part. Even if they are not directly involved in delivering the labs, many professors are in fact involved in designing the lab classes, including problems that are offered to students. Sometimes professors also include suggestions on how to deal with most common learning ...


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If you're planning to go into Academia, you might want to do a GTA (Graduate Teaching Assistantship) to get teaching experience. Because a GTA means approximately 20 hours per week on teaching duties, you may find it harder to work on your thesis or dissertation as much as you want. A GRA (Graduate Research Assistantship) will focus on research instead but ...


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