OIDSurviving the First Quarter of Teaching


Keep A Record/Journal Of What Worked Or Did Not Work

Take notes.You should keep a record or journal of what worked and did not work each week, and record your thoughts immediately after your lesson. This journal is important to review when planning your next lesson, after the quarter is over, and when beginning to plan the structure and timeline of your next TA assignment. Learning from your successes and failures will make you a better and more complete teacher. Things to include:
1. Lesson timing (Did something take more/less time than planned? If so, note it so if you teach the lesson again, you’ll know to adjust the plan.)
2. Unexpected questions/topics/confusions (What came up that you didn’t expect to cover, and should you consider covering it or adjusting your lesson for it if you ever teach it again?)
3. Effectiveness of guiding questions and lesson goals: did you achieve them, and if not, what was the main barrier?he instructor may ask for grade norming sessions or may expect you to grade independently. You may wish to find out what access you will have to Gradebook, what portion of grading the instructor will assume, and what the instructor expects in terms of a grading scale.


Assess your lesson. When evaluating your lesson and lesson plan, think through these (and many other) questions: Should you have spent more time talking in the beginning of the lesson and less at the end? Should you ask your students to free write at the beginning of each lesson? Did you leave enough time for questions? Did your video clips or passages of text eat up too much time? Were students engaged enough when discussing how to solve problems on the board? Did students have ample time to engage one another? Did they receive enough feedback on their homework and enough preparation for the exam?