TA Orientation

TAs at the outdoor TA Orientation breakfast

Teaching at Stanford: An Orientation for Teaching Assistants

Annual TA Orientation
Friday, September 19, 2014, 8:05 a.m. to 12:00 noon, in Hewlett 200 and associated breakout rooms. Read the story.

Grad students at outdoor breakfast for TA OrientationBegins with breakfast at 7:30 outside in front of the Hewlett building. 

9:00 Session:

  • Classroom Expectations at Stanford (hear from real TAs and students) - Hewlett 201
  • The First Day: Starting Off Right - Hewlett 101  First Day Handout
  • Leading Discussions in Science and Engineering - Hewlett 102  Sci/Eng Discussions Handout
  • Leading Discussions in Humanities and Social Sciences - Hewlett 103 Hum/SS Discussions Handout
  • Major Stanford Policies every TA Should Know (Honor Code, sexual harassment, accessibility guidelines) - video and Q&A session - Hewlett 200  HONOR CODE FOR FACULTY AND TAS

10:00 Session:

11:00 Session:

  • Teaching in the U.S. Classroom: Advice for International TAs - Gates B12 International Handout
  • Common Classroom Challenges - Hewlett 101
  • Grading Papers and Essays - Hewlett 102
  • Grading Problem Sets, Labs, and Exams - Hewlett 103 Grading Psets Handout  Schinske Paper Handout
  • Effective Lectures and Presentations - Hewlett 201

This TA Orientation is the only one offered in 2014-15, so be sure to attend no matter what quarter you'll be teaching. Experienced TAs are welcome, too!

Couldn't attend TA Orientation?  Try these options:

  1. Read the handouts in the schedule above.
  2. See the report of the 2013 TA Orientation, which includes a lot of the material presented.
  3. Watch this video on key Stanford policies: "Major Policies & Practices Every TA Should Know" [20 min].
  4. View the TA Orientation 2012 video.
  5. To get event notices and teaching reminders, join our mailing list TA News from CTL.
  6. Scroll down this page and check out all our printable resources for new TAs.

Getting Started as a Successful TA

TAs in a workshop, discussing, smilingStarting 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

Grad student leading a TAO workshopStanford Policies

Resources for Students