Biology TA Handbook
A new resource for Biology TAs this year is the Biology TA Handbook, developed through the joint efforts of Yen Du (Biology Undergrauate Advisor), Chad Jankowski (Teaching Assistant), Fiona Rawle (Biology Lecturer) and Christoph Richter (Biology Lecturer).
The University has a myriad of resources for Teaching Assistants to draw upon in order to enhance their effectiveness as well as to make the most of their teaching experience. The goal of this handbook, therefore, was not to fill a gap, but rather to make it easier to benefit from these resources by collecting, and streamlining, them into a single place.
The handbook contains information that will hopefully be of value to both new Teaching Assistants as well as those with years of experience. As a first introduction to the Teaching Assistant role, this handbook will help new Teaching Assistants to better understand and prepare for the challenge of teaching for the first time. For seasoned Teaching Assistants, the handbook can serve as a refresher, an opportunity to reflect upon previous experiences and a source of useful information. Regardless of experience, the handbook will encourage Teaching Assistants to think critically about their teaching style and how they can maximize the experience for both themselves and their students.
Feedback on this new resource is welcome as the handbook is intended to be a living document that will evolve over time. A webform inviting feedback will be posted soon.