GTA Training and Resources
The formal training and development currently provided by the University to Graduate Teaching Assistants comprises the following:
- Introduction to University Teaching Session coordinated by the University’s Graduate School and delivered by staff members from the Unit for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching. Queries about these sessions can be directed to the Graduate School email@example.com
- Associate Fellowship Scheme (AFS) which is coordinated by the Unit for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching. Full information about the AFS including how to apply can be found online here: kent.ac.uk/teaching/qualifications/pgche/ . GTAs should ensure that they apply for a place on the AFS as soon as possible following their registration.
- The Graduate School offers a range of workshops focussing on approaches to teaching. These can be viewed and booked through the Graduate School’s online system for its Researcher Development Programme. Should you wish to suggest topics for future inclusion in the programme based on your experience as a GTA, please send suggestions to the Graduate School (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Kent Graduate School ran a survey with GTAs in summer 2019 to obtain feedback on their experiences and information about their training and development needs. The results of this survey are currently under consideration and will be used to make future improvements to GTA training and development activities. If you have any further suggestions or feedback on our current training provision, please email the Graduate School (email@example.com).
The formal training provided by the University may be supplemented by further training and development within your academic schools. Any further subject-specific training available to you should be communicated to you by your school as part of your induction.
Resources for GTAs New to Teaching
Please find below some useful Kent resources and some examples of on-line resources available to you when preparing to teach.
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This document provides guidance on preparing to teach for the first time including preparing for the course and first class, individual lesson planning and evaluation lessons. It also covers teaching in practice sessions on running successful seminars and giving lectures.
This document provides an overview on how to approach small group teaching by looking at the rewards and challenges associated with it.
This resource provides top tips which are short, quick and simple strategies to help engage (and entertain students) in the lecture theatre, specifically in larger classes when 1:1 interaction or small group/tutorial work is not possible.
‘Geoff Petty is one of Britain’s leading experts on teaching methods. Enjoy experimenting with these methods but don’t expect to use them perfectly straight away. Make sure you understand why they should work, and adapt your use of them until they begin to work well.’ (Quote from Geoff Petty Website)
Geoff Petty’s website provides a range of guidance information for teachers which may be useful to you:
- The two main ways to improve your teaching are in Better teaching
- We learn by doing, so use Active Learning and Active schemes
- Evaluate your teaching using Self-Assessment
- The most powerful tool for teachers is Feedback
- Find the errors in students’ learning and fix them with Questioning
- Other ways to check and correct are in Formative Teaching
- Get better grades for learners by Teaching students skills
- Creativity can be learned, find out more in the Creativity section
- Use the methods your students learn best from, see teaching style
- Keep up with the latest thinking in Research and Links
- Find over 60 docs to help you improve your teaching in Downloads
- Find the latest news in What’s new
A further list is available here: www.kent.ac.uk/teaching/developing-teaching/resources.html