Bill Rapaport's Generic Recitation-Section Lesson
Last Update: 27 August 2007
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Here, for what it's worth, is a sample recitation-section "lesson plan"
that should be (a) obvious, when you think about it, and (b) generally
useful. Feel free to use, modify, or ignore, as you see fit.
- Collect homework (if any) (unless collected in lecture, of course!).
- Ask if the students have any questions on the homework. (You might
want to switch the order of 1 and 2.)
- Hand back and go over any previous homework.
- Review difficult topics; ask if the students have any questions on
the material covered in lecture. (Note that this is much easier to
do if you go to the lectures yourself!)
- If there is still time left:
- give hints on programming projects (if appropriate)
- do other exercises from text that were not assigned as
- other possibilities:
- do other exercises from instructor's manual
- give a quiz (but it really shouldn't be longer than
5 minutes, so that it can be gone over immediately
in class); such quizzes can either be announced in
advance or be surprises.
- General rule of thumb: Overprepare; i.e., always have something up
your sleeve to do in class, so that you're not caught thinking out
loud to yourself, "Gee, I wonder what we should do now?" (to which
the students will almost inevitably respond, "Dismiss us").
Here is a generic list of TA duties, supplied by Bina Ramamurthy:
- Lab monitoring
- Grading projects
- Grading exams
- Entering grades
- Posting grades in the lab after every update
- Making copies of project handouts and exams
- Collecting projects on due dates
- Distributing the projects among the TAs
- Take the graded projects back to the lab
- Help in returning exam papers in the class
Do all homeworks and projects yourself, so that you
will be prepared to answer any questions from
for this modification!)
- Help in proctoring the exams.
- It is strongly recommended that you attend lectures to see
going on in class.
- Of course, teaching the recitations.
Copyright © 2007 by
William J. Rapaport