Department of Mathematics Syllabus
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MAT 390: Teaching Assistantship Training
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Lectures  Sections  Topics/Comments 

1  What does it mean to learn math? Implications. TA Rights and Responsibilities. Presentation by Student Services staff of Department of Mathematics.  
2  What to look for in classroom visits. Videos of different teaching styles.  
3  Office hours (Calculus Room). Running a discusssion section, invited experienced graduate students.  
4  Preparing exams, grading.  
5  Web page making/LaTeX and LaTeX2html  
6  7  Introduction to WeBWork  
8  How to prepare a good lecture.  
9  Basic techniques of lecturing: Voice, blackboard techniques, involving students.  
10  Sexual Harassment. Reports of visits to faculty lectures.  
11  Reports of visits to faculty lectures  
12  Socratic teaching (Student Academic Success Center)  
13  Student code of conduct (Student Judicial Affairs). Reports of visits to faculty lectures  
14  Reports on visits to discussion sections  
15  Teaching for active involvement (Group work)  
16  20  Student presentations  
Major Assignments  a. Give a tenminute presentation (see part "e" below)
b. Form a group of three or four MAT 390 students and visit two lowerdivision classes. Write a detailed report on one of the visits and be prepared to give a group presentation to the 390 class on what you observed. c. Build a course webpage. d. Form a group of three or four MAT 390 students and visit discussion sections. Write a detailed report on one of the visits and be prepared to give a group presentation to the 390 class on what you observed. e. Prepare an outline for a 1hour class and use your outline to prepare a 10minute talk out of the hour. f. Summary paper (3  5 pages) 

Reading  We will be reading much of Skemp's, The Psychology of Learning Mathematics, Krantz's How to Teach Mathematics, together with handouts of several sections from an MAA publication, "Keys to Improved Instruction," and other handouts.
Reading  Initial assignments Skemp, Chapters 1 and 12; Keys handout, pp. 183184. Krantz, Preface to Second Edition and pp. 1 to 18; Keys handout, 162165. Skemp, Chapters 2 and 3; Keys handouts, 166167, 175176. Krantz, pp. 3548 and 8796. Skemp, Chapters 4 and 5. Krantz, essay by Davis, pp. 183196. Skemp, Chapter 6. Krantz, essay by Uhl, pp. 253260. 