TA Preparation Course

The TA Preparation Course is a special, free, one-credit course that is mandatory for all incoming or new Teaching Assistants or TAs. The course consists of four days of workshops and assignments the week  before the fall term and one additional workshop during the fall term.  This year’s TA Preparation Course will be September 16th-19th and October 17th. TAs who started mid-year or who missed last year’s course should plan to attend.

Objectives: This course is designed to provide TAs with the following:

  1. Understanding of the role and value of the TA in the Drexel undergraduate academic experience 
  2. Awareness of the expectations and needs of a diverse student population
  3. Awareness of support services, instructional resources and technology: audio visual and online
  4. Understanding of teaching tasks and opportunities to practice doing them: 
    • Prepare for a class
    • Create a lesson plan  
    • Introduce yourself to a class 
    • Create an interactive learning environment
    • Present material in different ways to accommodate different backgrounds and styles of learning  
    • Field student questions
    • Give feedback
    • Grade
    • Evaluate good teaching practices 
    • Manage challenging classroom and office hour situations

Course Materials:

2014 Course Schedule:

Please refer to the course syllabus for detailed schedule with exact times and locations.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 8:30am-3pm
Teaching Workshops & Presentations
Graduate Student Lounge (Main 010A), Basement of Main Building

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 8:30am-3pm
Teaching Workshops & Presentations
Graduate Student Lounge (Main 010A), Basement of Main Building

Thursday, September 18, 2014 9am-12pm & 1-3pm
Teaching Workshops & Presentations
Graduate Student Lounge (Main 010A), Basement of Main Building

Practice Teaching Breakout Sessions
Curtis Hall (Assigned Classrooms)

Friday, September 19, 2014 9am-12pm & 1-3pm
Practice Teaching Breakout Sessions
Curtis Hall (Assigned Classrooms)

Teaching Workshops & Presentations
Graduate Student Lounge (Main 010A), Basement of Main Building

(Week 4) Friday, October 11, 2014 1-3pm
Practice Teaching Breakout Sessions
Locations TBA

(Week 8) All Assignments Due to the Office of Graduate Studies

For video recordings of the 2014 workshops, please visit our YouTube Page.