Useful Books and Websites for TAs
Books on Teaching Skills and Strategies
1. Allen, R. R. & Rueter, T. (1990). Teaching assistant strategies: an introduction to college teaching. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt.
Topics include identifying TA roles and styles; developing interpersonal relationships; planning for instruction; creating a supportive classroom environment; lecturing; leading class discussions; facilitating and assessing student learning; and getting evaluations from students, supervisors, and peers.
2. Curzan, A. & Damour, L. (2000). First day to final grade: a graduate student’s guide to teaching. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P.
Addresses all aspects of teaching a course from semester preparation to leading discussion to grading. Includes a section on balancing school with teaching. Appendices include sample course documents and suggestions for running class workshops.
3. Lambert, L. M., Tice S. L., and Featherstone, P.H. (1996). University teaching: a guide for graduate students. Syracuse: Syracuse UP.
Contains a series of short articles on teaching-related topics. Part one examines the different settings in which TAs teach (e.g. studios, labs, office hours). Part two considers ways to enhance learning and teaching through writing, assessment, awareness of difference in the classroom, etc.
4. McKeachie, W. J. (2002). Teaching tips: a guidebook for the beginning college teacher, (11th edition). Boston: Houghton Mifflin. [8th edition available in library.
5. Tools for Teaching by Barbara Gross Davis – LB2331.D371993 (available through DOCDEL in UBCO Library)
The classic work on how to be a TA. It begins with what you need to know before the first day of class and then provides advice on topics such as assigning grades, leading discussions, and constructing tests.
Websites on Teaching Skills and Strategies
The University of California at Davis has a lot of great information for TAs on the Office of Instructional Consultation web page under “TA Development Program.” The site includes a TA handbook with information on constructing tests, leading discussion and lab sections, planning courses, adapting to student learning styles, and more. The site also includes a section on TA teaching tips and suggestions for putting together a teaching portfolio.