As a ball is thrown up in the air, it starts by moving up before slowing to a temporary stop,…

As a ball is thrown up in the air, it starts by moving up before slowing to a temporary stop, changing direction, and falling back down, all the while undergoing constant acceleration in the downward direction. But, questions abound. (What happens to the acceleration at the top of the ball’s arc?) Therefore, our discussion in class was extended by a bit.

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TA-PD mini-modules week 2: May I have your attention, please?

This semester, we’ve carved out time from the Teaching Assistants’ normal duties—a half-hour per week—to use for professional development activities. This post series tracks our weekly goals and activities. Over my years as a TA and instructor, I’ve developed strategies to gain and keep the attention of the students when needed. One of my key strengths for this is my ability to speak loudly and clearly. But, with great power comes great responsibility. Along the…

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I was wearing a crisp white shirt. At the end of the class, I needed to write something down, and I…

I was wearing a crisp white shirt. At the end of the class, I needed to write something down, and I grabbed a pen that was lying on the lectern. But, the pen had exploded, and I got ink all over my hands. I avoided getting ink on the shirt, but visited two other classrooms before finding out that I had ink on my nose.

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TA-PD mini-modules week 1: Nailing the intro

This semester, we’ve carved out time from the Teaching Assistants’ normal duties—a half-hour per week—to use for professional development activities. This post series tracks our weekly goals and activities. My first Teaching Assistant experience came as an undergraduate student in an introductory calculus class. My job was to run quizzes and work example problems in a weekly tutorial, a task which seemed straightforward enough. But, that job description was all the support I was given.…

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