Handbook for TAs

Handbook for Graduate Teaching Assistants

“Learning proceeds in fits and starts. Sometimes it moves forward rapidly with great insights. Often it stalls, and learners believe nothing is happening and become frustrated. Sometimes learning slips backward, as people struggle with unlearning something. For many, learning is a spiral, where important themes are visited again and again throughout life, each time at a deeper level.” — Teaching from the Heart, by J. Aps, 1996

Policies and Guidelines

Duties and Responsibilities of Teaching Assistants

Teaching Related Techniques

Voice of UD Community


As with any book or article on teaching strategies, ideas and materials come from many sources. This TA Handbook is no exception, and we thank our colleagues here at the University of Delaware and at other institutions for sharing their practices with us. In particular, we gratefully acknowledge the following for their contributions to previous editions of this Handbook:

  • Judy Greene and DorĂ© Butler for the original versions of the Handbook, 1982-1989.
  • Barbara Duch and Tina Burton for versions of the Handbook, 1990-1993.
  • The following have made various contributions since 1986: Sue Drury, Nancy King, Joanne Kurfiss, Susan Pitcher, Kathleen Therrien, Dara Wegman, Mary Norton, Ginny Greene, Caroline Maier, Jennifer Johnson, Graham Segroves, Erin Ford, Pamela McGillivray, Robin Elliott, Styliani Kafka, Dirk Matthias and Fan(Jackie) Yang.
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