Teaching Assistant Orientation

A half day event held every August to provide information and resources to new graduate Teaching Assistants (TAs). Transitioning into the role of a new Graduate Teaching Assistant can often create feelings of uncertainty. The Graduate TA orientation is designed to ease the stress of this transition by providing incoming graduate TAs with necessary information regarding what to expect. The event helps orient TAs to their instructional roles and responsibilities at the University of Delaware and introduces them to effective practices and central aspects of learning and teaching.

“The scenarios that were played out were extremely helpful. I learned more about FERPA, what to do before, during and after a student is observed being academically dishonest, and also how to make ice breakers not the most torturing aspect of a session.”

Past TAO Participant

“I think TA orientation program is one of the most helpful programs that help TAs – especially for those who have never been a TA before.”

2017 TAO Participant

2019 TAO Schedule Wednesday August 21st

TIME SESSIONS ROOMS
8:15-9:00 Orientation Registration & Breakfast Gore Rotunda
9:00-9:50 Just-In-Time Orientation: Reflection, Preparation, and Expectations Smith Hall 130
10:05-10:55 Skill-Specific Sessions
Building Instructional Confidence and Identifying Classroom Power Dynamics Negotiating and Communicating About Your Boundaries Time Management for Teaching
Gore 103 Gore 205 Gore 104
11:10-12:00 Skill-Specific Sessions II
Building Instructional Confidence and Identifying Classroom Power Dynamics Negotiating and Communicating About Your Boundaries Time Management for Teaching
Gore 103 Gore 205 Gore 104

NOTE: Sessions are not yet finalized and may be subject to change.

Learning Objectives

Building Instructional Confidence and Identifying Classroom Power Dynamics

  • Define Imposter Syndrome
  • Practice self-reflection with regards to personal confidence
  • Identify strategies/resources when power imbalances in the classroom inhibit learning
  • Identify strategies to build confidence in instruction right away

Negotiating and Communicating About Your Boundaries

  • Define your personal boundaries with regards to your instructor of record, students, and advisors
  • Create guidelines for different modes of communication with your students, instructor of record, and advisor
  • Describe measures you will take to protect student and personal privacy

Time Management for Teaching

  • Describe your priorities based on your disciplinary expectations, personal interests
  • Develop a structured plan for your teaching time/load