Publications

Over the years, the TA Project has has offered TAs a handbook, many articles and newsletters as well as a blog. A complete listing, including archived materials, is listed here.

TA Handbook

What makes a good teacher? Being a good teacher requires much more than knowing your way around campus or memorizing the rules and regulations of the university. Successful teaching demands a thorough understanding of the course material, a respect for students, a commitment to excellence, as well as a recognition of the need to examine, assess, and adjust your own pedagogical goals and philosophy as you go along.

The transition from student to student and teacher is a major one, requiring a conscious evaluation of your feelings about both roles. What expectations do you have for yourself as a student and as a teacher? How do they differ? How can these contradictions be resolved? How will your new position affect your relationships with undergraduates? How will you know how to act in front of a class? Will you model yourself on a favorite teacher, or is it best to be completely original? What kinds of demands will you make upon your students in terms of classwork, discipline, attendance, or grades? How can you ensure fair treatment of all students? What kind of relationship should you establish with your students? Distant or friendly, formal or informal?

These and a hundred other questions will probably present themselves to you. The TA Handbook is not meant to be definitive or prescriptive, but, rather, to offer suggestions about how to proceed based on the choices that others have found beneficial.

The TA Handbook is available as a PDF or an ePub.

Index of Articles

Blog

TAPTalk Archive

Before we had a blog, we had TAPTalk. Originally a print newsletter, in its later years it became an online newsletter.

October 2011 November 2011   February 2011 March 2011 April 2011
October 2009       Spring 2010 Fall 2010
October 2008 November 2008 December 2008 February 2009   April 2009
October 2007 November 2007 December 2007 February 2008 March 2008 April 2008
October 2006 November 2006 December 2006 February 2007 March 2007 April 2007
    December 2005 February 2006 March 2006 April 2006
October 2004 November 2004 December 2004 February 2005 March 2005 April 2005
October 2003 November 2003 December 2003 February 2004 March 2004 April 2004
October 2002 November 2002 December 2002 February 2003 March 2003 April 2003
October 2001 November 2001 December 2001 February 2002 March 2002 April 2002
  November 2000 December 2000 February 2001 March 2001 April 2001
October 1999 November 1999 December 1999 February 2000 March 2000 April 2000
October 1998 November 1998 December 1998 February 1999 March 1999 April 1999
October 1997     February 1998 March 1998  
October 1996 November 1996   February 1997 March 1997 April 1997
October 1995 November 1995 December 1995 February 1996 March 1996 April 1996
October 1994     February 1995 March 1995  
October 1993 November 1993 December 1993 February 1994 March 1994  
October 1992 November 1992 December 1992 February 1993 March 1993 April 1993
    January 1992 February 1992 March 1992 April 1992
October 1990 November 1990   February 1991 March 1991 April 1991
October 1989 November 1989 December 1989 February 1990 March 1990  
October 1988 November 1988 December 1988 February 1989 March 1989 April 1989
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