Online TAs

Making Your Life as a TA Easier - Advice on Grading, Emails, and BlackBoard

Submitted by mnestel on July 30, 2016 - 11:52pm

Never have I had to manage and aid more than 200 students at once. Sure, I have a tutoring background, but that was child’s play in comparison to my online TA course. To be completely frank, the first two weeks were a nightmare. I had never used Blackboard and all communication was done via email, since most of the students lived in other areas of the world. I was given leeway to grade all assignments as I see fit and THIS is where I had the opportunity to lay down the law and make my life as a TA a whole lot easier.

TA Responds to Passive Aggressive Behavior

Submitted by jfishe10 on May 28, 2014 - 12:24pm

Passive aggressive behavoir can be particularly challenging to respond to. It may also seem less serious than outright aggressive behavior. However, if allowed to continue, passive aggressive behavior can foster an uncomfortable classroom environment for yourself and your students. See how one TA responded to passive aggressive behavior from one of her students below. Notice that this TA asked one of her mentors for advice on how to handle the problem. Don't be afraid to speak with your professors about how they might respond in a similiar situation.

What's in a Name?

Submitted by jfishe10 on May 28, 2014 - 10:52am

Deciding what your students should call you can be difficult. Below, we've listed the options and common thoughts on/concerns about these choices. Ultimately, go with what makes you feel most comfortable.

Mr./Ms./Mrs. Last Name

Many TAs ask their students to call them by their last name. This formal approach can help foster respect in the classroom, and often times younger TAs appreciate it as a tool for setting boundaries between themselves and their students.