Teaching in the Fall Semester as a Graduate Assistant

cbarker12

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Hi everyone,

I will begin to teach a math course in the fall semester as a Graduate Assistant in my state. Any helpful advice would be appreciative? Any recommendations on math teaching books or education books will be also helpful?

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Just teach the course. Do you know the material? Just explain everything carefully. Will you be a graduate student in education?
 

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No. I am not a graduate student in education...
 

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Which course will you be teaching?
Don't worry so much, you'll do fine.
As a new Graduate Assistance you will not be given anything higher than calculus 1 or calculus 2 to teach.
The biggest recommendation for you that I have is to be prepared. If you do not see a solution immediately, then don't even try it in class. Solve it the next time. I have an incredible amount of hours teaching math and I would try to do a problem that I did not see how to do in class. Most times I do get it in the end. However as a new instructor, this will throw you off your game and make you look bad to the students. If you assign homework problem, then make sure that you can do them, in case a students asks you to solve it in class.
Again, be prepared to give the best lecture that you can give.

Expect high standards from your students as they will raise to your expectation of them! Don't worry about giving out too many low grades as you are not looking for tenure. Be available to your students, treat them with respect and let them know that you care about them.

If you have any other questions/concerns then please ask.

BTW, are you going to be PhD student in mathematics?
 

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I don't know which course for sure, but It could a number of courses: Immediate Algebra, Precalculus, College Algebra, Finite Math and Beginning of Calculus for Sciences and Business, and Introduction to Statistics. I will be a Master student. I hope to be a Phd student after 2023.


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I don't know which course for sure, but It could a number of courses: Immediate Algebra, Precalculus, College Algebra, Finite Math and Beginning of Calculus for Sciences and Business, and Introduction to Statistics. I will be a Master student. I hope to be a Phd student after 2023.
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New Graduate Assistants "generally" start off with grading home-works.
 

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In my program, I will be doing everything as if I was the professor (from grading to making exams).
 

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I don't know which course for sure, but It could a number of courses: Immediate Algebra, Precalculus, College Algebra, Finite Math and Beginning of Calculus for Sciences and Business, and Introduction to Statistics. I will be a Master student. I hope to be a Phd student after 2023.


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I guess this is late for you but you should always apply for the PhD program even if you know that you only want the masters degree. I had many friends who applied for a PhD program, got accepted and supported knowing that they only want to earn a masters degree. This happened while NONE of the students in the masters program were supported.
 

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I tried one doctorate program, but I was declined admission. One reason why I was declined is that my overall and major GPA were subpar in terms of any doctorate programs or master programs. But I emailed one of my possible graduate program in 2019 on how to get into that program. They said that I need to take GRE General. I did.
My program allows me to have tuition waiver up to 9 credits as a Master student. I get a stipend of $10,000 per year.
 

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That is not close to being anywhere near true.
You must be one of those voodoo tarot card reader - who can comment on the truth of experience of another life.
 

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You must be one of those voodoo tarot card reader - who can comment on the truth of experience of another life.
What you said was simply not true for most cases. Advanced graduate students, ones who have a thesis advisor, are usually the ones who get to grade papers for their advisor in exchange for financial support. The newest students get to teach. It is like the seniority system--the more seniority you have the better job you get.
 

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I tried one doctorate program, but I was declined admission. One reason why I was declined is that my overall and major GPA were subpar in terms of any doctorate programs or master programs. But I emailed one of my possible graduate program in 2019 on how to get into that program. They said that I need to take GRE General. I did.
My program allows me to have tuition waiver up to 9 credits as a Master student. I get a stipend of $10,000 per year.
You get $10,000 for teaching one course per semester?
 

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I will begin to teach a math course in the fall semester as a Graduate Assistant in my state.
As a graduate assistant where I tried it for a semester, we did not "teach." We were
going over homework questions in class and making up quizzes to help the students
prepare for their exams when all of them would meet with the professor in the lecture hall. We were there to reinforce the material that the professor had supposedly taught.

For my part, I found it too exhausting and stressful for the one hour 10 minutes each way drive combined with walking to the math department, meet with three sections
of 30 students each out of a total of six sections shared among three graduate students, and attend five graduate classes. The experiment did not last.
 
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You get $10,000 for teaching one course per semester?
My stipend will be given to me every 2 weeks per month of each semester. I.e. I will get $5,000 for 1st semester.
I would be teaching several sections of one course...
 
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