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Tips for Being an Active TA


Your undergraduate experiences have prepared you for the advanced coursework and research requirements of graduate school. However, most graduate students haven't had any teaching experience before being thrust into the unfamiliar and demanding role of teaching assistant (TA). The teaching environment poses many challenges inside and outside the classroom and, to succeed, you'll want to consider developing a pro-active mentality. In this session, the facilitator discusses the common challenges and responsibilities that TAs encounter each semester, and talks about ways TA's can take a more progressive, active approach. 

About the Facilitator

John T. Bartlett received the 2014 Marine Science Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award in the School of Earth, Ocean and Environment, and is currently working towards completing his master's degree in Marine Science. He began teaching undergraduate lab sections while completing his bachelor's degree in Meteorology at North Carolina State University. 

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