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First Day to Final Grade A Graduate Student's Guide to Teaching

ISBN-10: 047206732X

ISBN-13: 9780472067329

Edition: 2000

Authors: Anne L. Curzan, Lisa K. Damour

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Many universities are concerned about improving the pedagogy used by their graduate students in the classroom. Yet few universities provide adequate training or support. As a result, most new graduate student teachers feel overwhelmed by the demands of being both a teacher and a student. Written from the perspective of both professors who have been in the classroom for many years and inexperienced teachers of the "I wish someone had told me" variety, First Day to Final Grade should be every graduate student's first step in teaching. The guiding principle of this book is that, while theoretical wisdom about teaching is important, graduate students need specific, practical answers to questions that arise during the semester. The text is written to function as a quick reference tool, but is equally effective when read from start to finish in preparation for teaching. It focuses on the "how tos" of teaching, such as setting up a lesson plan, running a discussion, and grading, as well as issues specific to the teaching assistant's unique role as both student and teacher, such as working effectively with the course professor and balancing teaching with graduate studies. While some of the text addresses only first-time teachers, experienced teaching assistants can learn new teaching strategies from the material and use the specific lesson plans provided to vary their pedagogical approach. In addition, sections addressing the needs of international teaching assistants, questions of authority, diversity in the classroom, and various learning styles will also prove helpful to many.
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Book details

List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 9/13/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Introduction
Becoming a Teacher
The First Day of the Term
Weekly Class Preparation
Running a Discussion
Problem Sets and Laboratories
Trusty Class Plans
One-on-One Interaction with Students
Grading
Feedback from Students
The Balance of School and Teaching
Sample Course Syllabi
Lesson Plan for a Discussion Class
Lesson Plan for a Lecture Class
Annotated Text with Questions
Guidelines for a Paper Workshop
Guidelines for Writing a Peer Response
Sample Letters of Recommendation
Midterm Evaluation
Index