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Graduate Student

Teaching as a Graduate Student

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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 two-part, hybrid learning experience. A majority of the content lives in on-demand, online modules that graduate students can access at any time. This material is supplemented by in-person, interactive workshops offered twice a year, in August and January. 

Our next live sessions are scheduled for Thursday, August 18, 2022. During 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. Multiple "sections" of the interactive session will be offered; participants should register for either the morning or afternoon time slot. In the registration form, participants can indicate their availability for an in-person or online live session.

Register for August 18 Sessions

By registering, GTAs will sign up for a live session and receive access to the online material. Register by Friday, August 12.

Participants in the live sessions should have previously completed the online modules. Please note that the online content remains available to everyone, regardless of their ability to attend the live sessions, but for full TAGS participation, we recommend both. 

On August 18, we will also have a live performance by UVA Acts, held between the two session time slots to make it available to all participants. Lunch will be provided. The schedule is as follows: 

  • 10:00-11:30 AM: Interactive sessions, time slot 1

  • 11:45 AM-12:30 PM: UVA Acts performance

  • 12:30-1:00 PM: Lunch

  • 1:15-2:45 PM: Interactive sessions, time slot 2

Email cte-tags@virginia.edu with questions.


Faculty Administrator: Elizabeth Dickens

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