TA Orientation

Teaching at Stanford: An Orientation for Teaching Assistants

AabasAnnual TA Orientation
Usually offered the Friday before classes begin in Autumn, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, with breakfast at 7:30


  • Welcome to Teaching at Stanford
  • What is Effective Teaching?
  • CTL Resources for TAs
  • Workshops on effective lectures, grading, leading discussions, the first day of class, how learning works, and more

Couldn't attend TA Orientation?  Try these options:

  1. See the Teaching Talk story, which includes a lot of the material presented
  2. View the TA Orientation 2012 video.
  3. To get event notices and teaching reminders, join our mailing list TA News from CTL.
  4. Scroll down this page and check out all our printable resources for new TAs.

Getting Started as a Successful TA

Chemistry TA

Starting anything new is a challenge. Being successful at a new endeavor requires a combination of skills, knowledge, and the right attitude, as well as access to supportive resources. This set of handouts will arm you with some of the best tools we know of for more effective teaching. Once you’ve digested this, please take advantage of Stanford’s and CTL’s many other resources for improving your teaching, outlined in Teaching Commons, and the offerings of your department. 

Campus-Wide Resources

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Stanford Policies

Resources for Students