Interested in contributing to the Diary of a New TA, but not sure what to write or talk about? Below, you’ll find a list of questions and topics from other TAs. If one of these inspires you, feel free to send us a response! (Also, if you have a question or topic you would like added to this list, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org)
What are some of the greatest challenges you’ve faced as a TA (an instructor of record, lab TA, TA for a professor, online TA, or international TA)? How have you handled them?
How do you maintain boundaries when students are close in age to you/your peers?
What are some teaching practices for working with international students?
What are some things to keep in mind when teaching freshmen?
What would be the difficulties faced when your class has a mix of undergraduate and graduate students. How would you deal with the different knowledge levels of the students?
What are some effective methods of dealing with disrespectful or angry students?
TA for a Professor