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‘Teaching Assistants’

Teaching Assistants’ Roles and Responsibilities During COVID-19

Aug. 20, 2020—By Leah Marion Roberts, Senior Graduate Teaching Fellow, 2020-2021 and Heather N. Fedesco, Assistant Director, Center for Teaching As new Teaching Assistant Orientation comes to an end this week, it is helpful to think through the roles and responsibilities graduate teaching assistants (TAs) may now face in their entirely online or hybrid with physical distancing...

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Teaching Assistant Orientation

Aug. 5, 2020—Many graduate students are awarded teaching assistantships, and while teaching assistant (TA) duties vary across departments, they all demand considerable skill and knowledge. These duties can include grading, consulting with students during office hours, leading discussion or problem sessions, teaching labs, or giving lectures. To assist new TAs as they prepare for their duties, the Vanderbilt...

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Teaching Assistant Orientation

Jul. 27, 2020—Many graduate students are awarded teaching assistantships, and while teaching assistant (TA) duties vary across departments, they all demand considerable skill and knowledge. These duties can include grading, consulting with students during office hours, leading discussion or problem sessions, teaching labs, or giving lectures. To assist new TAs as they prepare for their duties, the Vanderbilt...

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Incorporating Games into TA Orientation

Jan. 8, 2020—By Cait Kirby, CFT Teaching Affiliate and Biological Sciences PhD student In my role as a Teaching Affiliate at Vanderbilt’s Center for Teaching, I lead an orientation event for a group of Biological Sciences Teaching Assistants (TAs). This orientation serves to educate new TAs about their roles, Vanderbilt policies, pedagogical techniques, and the types of...

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CFT Thanks Our Teaching Affiliates!

Sep. 20, 2019—L to R: Amanda Brockman (Sociology), Laura Carter-Stone (Teaching & Learning), Emma Guiberson (Chemistry), Ethan Joll (Biomedical Engineering), Cait Kirby (Biological Sciences), Kelley Knowles (Psychology), Nazirah Mohd Khairi (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science), Jose Luis de Ramon Ruiz (Spanish and Portuguese), Aaron Stevens (Physics and Astronomy), Nadejda Webb (English) Every August, the Center for Teaching...

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Teaching Innovations at Vanderbilt: Neil Kelley, Jennifer Bradham and Class Simulations

May. 27, 2019—By Faith Rovenolt, CFT undergraduate intern Neil Kelley teaches EES 1030L: Oceanography Lab, assisted by his TAs, Michaela Peterson and Jennifer Bradham. I was able to speak with Kelley and Bradham about a specific lab that, quite frankly, made me want to take the course just so I could be a part of it. And...

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TAO Refresh: Drop-in for an hour or stay all afternoon!

Oct. 6, 2017—Did you just participate in Teaching Assistant Orientation this year and want to dig deeper with the basics of being a TA?  Are you resuming your TA duties this year and would like a refresher about best practices in teaching? Have you been a TA for a while, but would like to hone what you’ve...

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Mark your calendar & spread the word about upcoming August orientations

Jul. 16, 2015—Teaching at Vanderbilt (TaV), an orientation for junior and senior faculty new to Vanderbilt, will be held from 1p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, August 20th, 2015, in Buttrick Hall. Those interested in attending should RSVP by August 14th by registering online or by calling the Center for Teaching at (615) 322-7290. Throughout the week following TAV Orientation...

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Review Sessions: A Little Goes a Long Way

Jan. 28, 2014—By Graduate Teaching Fellow, Nayana Bose  Teaching assistants (TAs) are often assigned review sessions (RSs) as part of their duties. These review sessions pose some unique challenges, and in this blog post I will focus on two that I think are common across most disciplines. RSs are usually scheduled right before an exam when there...

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Ask Professor Pedagogy: Leading Review Sessions

Jul. 26, 2013—Ask Professor Pedagogy is a twice monthly advice column written by Center for Teaching staff. One aspect of our mission is to cultivate dialogue about teaching and learning, so we welcome questions and concerns that arise in the classroom; particularly those from Vanderbilt faculty, students, and staff. If you have a question that you’d like...

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