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Developmental Stages of TAs

Understand the how to mentor yout TA as they go through these stages your TA and grow as teachers.

1. Senior Learner

  •     Has basic "survival" skills
  •     Uses good presentation skills
  •     Maintains authority in the classroom
  •     Organizes material in a logical manner
  •     Gives a clear agenda for the section
How to Mentor New TAs at This Stage
  •     Lead practice teaching session
  •     Arrange shadowing opportunities for TA
  •     Meet regularly to answer questions and provide support
  •     Bring new TAs together to discuss challenges
  •     Suggest teaching tips and strategies

2. Colleague-in-Training

  •     Starts to think about best teaching practices
  •     Encourages and validates student contributions
  •     Makes connections between topics
  •     Motivates student interest in material
  •     Uses multiple ways to illustrate a concept

3. Junior Colleague

  •     Gets student feedback to see if they're understanding the course material
  •     Incorporates student feedback and responses into lessons
  •     May develop course materials
How to Mentor Advanced TAs at This Stage
  •     Let mentee decide how often they need to meet (may be less often)
  •     Observe or record TA's section and give feedback
  •     Have TA observe mentor's teaching and discuss
  •     Bring advanced TAs together to discuss pedagogy
  •     Connect TA to additional teaching resources and chances to grow
Developmental model based on Sprague and Nyquist, 1991; Nyquist and Wolff, 1996.