# Teaching in the Fall Semester as a Graduate Assistant

#### cbarker12

##### New member
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?

Thanks,
Cbarker12

#### Jomo

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

#### cbarker12

##### New member
No. I am not a graduate student in education...

#### Jomo

##### Elite Member
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?

#### cbarker12

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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.

Cbarker12

#### Subhotosh Khan

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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.
Cbarker12
New Graduate Assistants "generally" start off with grading home-works.

#### cbarker12

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

#### Jomo

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

#### Jomo

##### Elite Member
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.

Cbarker12
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.

#### cbarker12

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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.
You get $10,000 for teaching one course per semester? #### lookagain ##### Elite Member 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. Last edited: #### cbarker12 ##### New member 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...