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TA Orientation 2004

Below are the material that we use with the TA Orientation, with the purpose of familiarizing incoming graduate students to the teaching environment of the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Minnesota.  The orientation lasts for 2 weeks prior to the start of each Fall Semester.

These materials were used for the 2004-2005 academic year. 


Syllabus & Schedule 2004

Syllabus and daily schedule of activities, readings, and homework for the TA orientation.


Activity Book 2004

Booklet of activities conducted during the orientation.

  Entire Activity Book PDF (11.8 MB)  
  Cover & Table of Contents: PDF (136 KB) Word (350 KB)
Activity 1: Intro to UMn Model; TA Duties PDF (217 KB) Word (141 KB)
Activity 2: a) Light Patterns; b) Alternative Conceptions PDF (375 KB) Word (382 KB)
Activity 3: a) Analyzing the FCI; b) Other Measures of  Alternative Conceptions PDF (369 KB)      Word (247 KB)
Activity 4: Rationale for UMn Model PDF (632 KB) Word (560 KB)
Activity 5: Teaching Discussion Sessions at UMn PDF (155 KB) Word (38 KB)
Activity 6: Problem Solving a) Cowboy Bob; b) Expert vs. Novice PDF (258 KB) Word (111 KB)
Activity 7: Solving Problems with Methods Questions PDF (146 KB) Word (179 KB)
Activity 8: a) Expert-Novice Problem Solving and Methods Questions; b) Using Methods Questions for Grading PDF (351 KB) Word (289 KB)
       Expert-Novice Powerpoint Presentation PDF (262 KB) PPT (171 KB)
Activity 9: Teaching Lab Sessions at UMn PDF (152 KB) Word (47 KB)
Activity 10: Preparation for Peer Teaching PDF (291 KB) Word (81 KB)
Activity 11: a) Problem Solving Frameworks (overheads); b) Lab Methods Questions and Problem Solving PDF (240 KB) Word (89 KB)
Activity 12: Why CPS May Not Work PDF (321 KB) Word (2.05 MB)
Activity 13: What Questions Should You Ask? PDF (145 KB) Word (253 KB)
Activity 14: a) Good and Bad Writing: Expanding our Vocabulary; b) Writing factors and lab reports PDF (1.99 MB) Word (2.82 MB)
Activity 15: a) How to Grade Student Laboratory Reports; b) Grading Two Example Lab Reports; c) Campus Writing Resources and Other Information PDF (2.07 MB) Word (6.64 MB)
Activity 16: a) Classroom Climate and Cheating; b) Case Studies: Diversity and Gender Issues PDF (167 KB) Word (57 KB)
       Activity 16a Powerpoint Slide PDF (42 KB) PPT (33 KB)
Homework: #3 Solving Problems; #6 Initial Evaluation of Example Student Lab Reports; #7 Judging Problems PDF (1.70 MB) Word (5.34 MB)



Instructor's Handbook 2004

General guide to assist instructors in teaching under the Minnesota Model.

Entire Instructor's Handbook PDF (2.48 MB)  
Cover Page PDF (29 KB) PPT (19 KB)
Table of Contents PDF (108 KB)  Word (249 KB)
I. TA Responsibilities PDF (74 KB) Word (54 KB)
II. Cooperative Problem Solving PDF (825 KB) Word (2.10 MB)
III. Teaching a Discussion PDF (441 KB) Word (324 KB)
IV. Teaching a Lab PDF (367 KB) Word (822 KB)
V. Teaching Resources PDF (643 KB) Word (684 KB)


Selected Reading List 2004

Reference list to the articles that are required reading for the orientation; includes reading questions.


Peer Teaching Materials 2004

Lab Problems Book

Entire Peer Teaching Book PDF (661 KB)  
Cover PDF  (36 KB) Word (19 KB)
Table of Contents PDF (55 KB) Word  (21 KB)
Lab Problems PDF (575 KB) Word (602 KB)


Mentor TA Guide 1999

Guide for the instructors of the orientation.


Writing Intensive Booklet

Material on grading laboratory reports in accordance to the Writing Intensive nature of the introductory physics course.  Based on material developed by Dr. Kastman-Breuch of the Department of Rhetoric, University of Minnesota.


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