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SFSU Math Department Guidelines for Fourth-Hour GTA Responsibilities
Spring 2002

(updated 8/25/02)

From David Meredith:

Here are some guidelines for the fourth hour of Math 109, 226, 227, 228:


To Faculty

Some of you teaching Math 109 or calculus will have a TA to teach the fourth hour of your class.

1. You should visit the TA's class once during the first three weeks to be sure everything is going smoothly, and once more later in the term.

2. Since I hire the TA's and sometimes write letters of recommendation for them, I need you to send me an e-mail report about the TA's teaching.

3. The TA should work three hours a week. You can expect the TA to teach one hour of class, hold an office hour if you want, grade papers, or perform other educational duties connected with the class you are teaching. During the class hour the TA can administer examinations, answer homework questions, lead group work, take class to the computer lab (reserve ahead of time with Jim Smith), introduce new material, etc. I think it is good for the TA to be asked to introduce something new to the students at least a couple of times during the semester.

4. It is very important that you communicate with the TA at least 48 hours before each class telling them exactly what you want done during the next class hour.

If you have questions about working with your TA any time during the semester, please check with me.


To TAs

1. Maintain contact with your professor. He or she is your first source of assistance if you have questions about managing your fourth hour.

2. Find out at least 48 hours before each class what the professor wants done.

If you have questions about working with your professor any time during the semester, please check with me.


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