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Fall TA Orientation

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Each quarter, CTL hosts a TA Orientation (TAO) to prepare graduate students for their teaching responsibilities at Stanford. This event is highly recommended for all TAs. It will provide a foundation in evidence-based teaching practices for new and returning TAs, postdocs, and other members of the campus community.

Register for TA Orientation 

If you are unable to attend TAO, TAO Any Time is a self-paced online course introducing you to the fundamentals of effective pedagogy for teaching assistants.

Please note: no food or open drinks are allowed inside TAO classrooms. Please bring a reusable water bottle and/or travel mug with lid if you would like to bring drinks into Lathrop library. 

Fall Quarter TA Orientation

Friday, September 20, 2024 | 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon 

Agenda 

Check-in and light breakfast (7:45 – 8:00 a.m.) 

Opening Session (8:30 – 9:30 a.m.) 

  • Welcome to Teaching at Stanford: Cassandra Volpe-Horii, PhD. Associate Vice Provost and Director, Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Mental Health and Well Being in Learning Environments: Colin Campbell, Assistant Director, Well-Being at Stanford

Concurrent Session 1 (9:40 – 10:40 a.m.) (Choose ONE interactive workshop)

  • Leading Office Hours and Review Sessions 
  • Supporting Student Learning in STEM Sections 
  • Facilitating Discussions in Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Major Policies and Practices Every Graduate Student Should Know

Closing Session 2 (10:50 – 11:50 a.m.) (Choose ONE interactive workshop)

  • Creating Inclusive Learning Environments
  • Grading Problem Sets, Labs, and Exams
  • Grading and Commenting on Papers and Essays
  • Major Policies & Practices Every TA Should Know 

For questions about TA Orientation or to request an accommodation, please contact Amanda Modell at amodell@stanford.edu.

Missed the TA Orientation?

TAO Any Time is a self-paced online course introducing you to the fundamentals of effective pedagogy for teaching assistants. Register through Canvas and complete it at a time that works for you.

Stanford Policy Resources

Stanford Policies

Questions?

Contact Nakisha Whittington, Assistant Director, Graduate Teaching Programs, for more information at any time. Please also contact Nakisha if you need a disability-related accommodation or wheelchair access information.

nakishaw@stanford.edu
408 Panama Mall, Suite 149