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Graduate Student

Teaching as a Graduate Student

January 2022 TAGS registration is now closed


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

TAGS is a hybrid learning experience. Participants may sign up for access to a series of asynchronous online modules at any time. Twice a year, in August and in January, the CTE hosts live interactive sessions to complete the programming.  The upcoming interactive sessions will take place on Wednesday, January 12. Depending on demand, we are planning to offer both in-person and online options during two time slots: 10:30 AM-12 PM and 1-2:30 PM. In these 90-minute sessions, small groups of new GTAs will meet with an experienced facilitator to discuss the online material, ask questions, and plan effective approaches to common teaching scenarios. Participants should plan to complete the online modules in advance of the live session.

During the registration process, you will receive access to the online modules as well as sign up for a January 12 session. Please register by Friday, January 7. Email cte-tags@virginia.edu with questions.

The online modules remain available to everyone, regardless of their ability to attend the live sessions, but for full TAGS participation, we recommend both.


Faculty Administrator: Elizabeth Dickens


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