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First Day to Final Grade: A Graduate Student’s Guide to Teaching is designed to help new graduate student teaching assistants navigate the challenges of teaching undergraduates. Both a quick reference tool and a fluid read, the book focuses on the “how tos,” such as setting up a lesson plan, running a discussion, and grading, as well as issues specific to the teaching assistant’s unique role as both student and teacher.
This new edition incorporates newer teaching and learning pedagogy. The authors have modified sections on moving from class goals to class content, preparing for and running discussions, addressing problems within the class and with particular students, and responding to academic misconduct. In addition, the book has been updated to reflect the role of technology both inside and outside the classroom. Also included are new examples of materials throughout the text and the appendices.
Anne Curzan is Associate Professor of English at the University of Michigan, where she received her Ph.D. She is coeditor of the Journal of English Linguistics. Lisa Damour is Lecturer in Psychology at John Carroll University in Cleveland. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Since 2003, Lisa and Anne have been invited by the organizers of TA training programs around the country to present workshops or organize full programs for graduate student instructors.
|Ch. 1||Becoming a Teacher|
|Ch. 2||The First Day of the Term|
|Ch. 3||Weekly Class Preparation|
|Ch. 4||Running a Discussion|
|Ch. 5||Problem Sets and Laboratories|
|Ch. 6||Trusty Class Plans|
|Ch. 7||One-on-One Interaction with Students|
|Ch. 9||Feedback from Students|
|Ch. 10||The Balance of School and Teaching|
|App. A||Sample Course Syllabi|
|App. B||Lesson Plan for a Discussion Class|
|App. C||Lesson Plan for a Lecture Class|
|App. D||Annotated Text with Questions|
|App. E||Guidelines for a Paper Workshop|
|App. F||Guidelines for Writing a Peer Response|
|App. G||Sample Letters of Recommendation|
|App. H||Midterm Evaluation|