TA Resources

TA Resources

1) Expectations of Physics TAs and Supervising Faculty
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2) Physics Department TA Mentors
The Physics Department's TA Mentors are experienced, outstanding teaching assistants who help our new TAs become comfortable and proficient in their interactions with students. The TA Mentors observe one or more of each new TA's discussion sections, and then sit down with them individually to discuss areas of strength and areas in which new TAs may need to think more about their approach. These discussions are confidential, and are not included in any Departmental evaluation of TA performance; however, it is mandatory that new TAs participate. The TA Mentor Observation Form contains a list of the elements of good teaching that the Mentors look for in their observations.

3) GradLife's TA Tips
» http://www.physics.ucsb.edu/~gradlife/TAguide.html

4) Instructional Lab Guidelines and Tips

Guidelines for the First Day of Lab
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Lab Management Tips
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Health & Safety: A Guide for TAs from Environmental Health & Safety
» http://www.ehs.ucsb.edu/units/labsfty/labrsc/factsheets/TA%20guide_FS11.pdf

5) Helping Students in the Physics Study Room handbook
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6) The Art of Questioning -- a guide on how to ask/answer questions, dialogs, and discussions
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7) TA Development Program, provided by the Office of Instructional Consultation
» http://oic.id.ucsb.edu/ta-development-program