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2010 Winter Meeting

2010 AAPT Winter Meeting
February 13-17, 2010
Washington, DC

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TA Preparation: Challenges and Successes
  Date: Sunday, Feb.14
  Time: 12:45-4:30
  Price: Member: $35.00
Nonmember: $60.00
  Sponsor: AAPT Committee on Graduate Education; APS Forum on Education
  Co-Sponsor(s): None
  Leader(s): Ken Heller,
  Co-Leader(s): None
  Description Being a teaching assistant is often the first professional experience for physics students. Preparing students to be successful TAs gives them a positive attitude toward their graduate career. TA preparation and support influences how physics students interact within the department and colors their outlook towards teaching. Because TA duties usually comprise the largest single block of time for a physics student, whether graduate or undergraduate, adequate TA preparation assures that it is a productive part of their education. This workshop will explore how TA preparation programs help integrate the TA experience into the education of a physicist while facilitating the teaching of undergraduates in a physics department. Several examples of successful physics TA preparation programs will be presented and discussed. Participants will be able to discuss their goals, challenges, and constraints for TA preparation at their institution and compare with other institutions represented at the workshop.
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