Teaching

trees reflected on water
"Three Trees" by Michael Eickelmann | CC BY-NC 2.0

Tues., April 18, 2017

The end of a semester is a great time to look back on your successes and areas for improvement. For TAs, this reflection should also focus on your teaching and any potential changes you want to make the next time you teach.
red, blue, and black pens
"tools of the trade 1" by Chris Blakeley | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Tues., February 21, 2017

Grading is a common responsibility for Graduate Teaching Assistants. Effective grading means providing useful information to the students about their performance. Learning to grade fairly and efficiently can help save you time in the long run.
Small vegetable garden
"Creative Rooftop" by Melinda Stuart | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Tues., January 10, 2017

A positive classroom culture helps all students to be successful in your classroom. For TAs and instructors, this means considering the classroom power differential and how you interact with students both inside and outside of the classroom.
stairs
"Stairway to heaven" by Julie Missbutterflies | CC BY-SA 2.0

Tues., September 6, 2016

Classes have begun and for many graduate students that means teaching, perhaps for the first time. Learning to teach well takes time and getting feedback on your teaching will help you continue to improve.
"Waterland (Explore)" by Christian | CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Tues., April 19, 2016

The final week of the semester is the perfect time to bring learning full circle. Help students make large scale, meaningful connections.
"Prüfungen des Lebens" by Dennis Skley | CC BY-ND 2.0

Tues., Dec. 1, 2015

Put your students at ease by planning for your final exam now and communicating your expectations.
Street signs rewritten as rubric directions
"Rubric Highway" by Jen Hegna | CC BY-NC_SA 2.0

Tues., Sept. 22, 2015

A rubric communicates your grading standards, simplifies your work grading, and facilitates conversations about student performance, putting integrity front and center.
A graduate TA works with a student

 

Tues. April 7, 2015; by Rob Jenkins

Even if you weren’t born with some of these qualities, you can develop them.
An instructor speaks with a group of students in a classroom
photo by UNL University Communications

Tues., Feb. 3, 2015

Whether your class has 15 students or 150, collaborative learning can be an effective tool that facilitates student learning.
stenography machine
"Overhead" by flickr/Stephen Coles | CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Tues., Nov. 11, 2014

Laptops are a common sight in classrooms. They’re the go-to note-taking tool for many students. But while it’s faster to type a sentence than write it out by hand, does taking notes on the laptop promote learning?

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