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Graduate Student

Teaching as a Graduate Student

Teaching as a Graduate Student (TAGS) is the CTE’s orientation for new graduate teaching assistants. TAGS aims to provide an overview of equitable and learning-centered teaching and strategies for applying these ideas in contexts most applicable to GTAs. The material is designed primarily for those new to teaching, though experienced GTAs may also find the material useful and relevant. Topics include:

  • Creating equitable and inclusive learning environments

  • Supporting students’ success through learning-centered teaching

  • Teaching the first day of class

  • Getting to know your students

  • Facilitating effective classroom discussions

  • Approaching feedback and grading effectively and efficiently

How it Works

TAGS is a hybrid learning experience, with approximately 75% of the TAGS content available year-round in online modules. Any GTA can register to access the online site at any time, and it will remain available for participants to revisit whenever they find it useful to do so.


The online material is supplemented by in-person, interactive workshops offered twice a year, in August and January. In these 90-minute sessions, small groups of new GTAs meet with an experienced facilitator to discuss the online material, ask questions, and plan effective approaches to common teaching scenarios. Participants in the live sessions should have previously completed the online modules. The online modules remain available to everyone, regardless of their ability to attend the live sessions, but for full TAGS participation, we recommend both.

Email cte-tags@virginia.edu with questions.

Faculty Administrator: Elizabeth Dickens


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