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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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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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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New Graduate Assistants "generally" start off with grading home-works.

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That is not close to being anywhere near true.New Graduate Assistants "generally" start off with grading home-works.

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

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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.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 get $10,000 for teaching one course per semester?

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.

As a graduate assistant where I tried it for a semester, we did not "teach." We wereI will begin to teach a math course in the fall semester as a Graduate Assistant in my state.

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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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.You get $10,000 for teaching one course per semester?

I would be teaching several sections of one course...