TA Orientation Materials 2005

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TA Orientation 2005

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 2005-2006 academic year. 


Syllabus 2005

Daily schedule of activities, reading, and homework for the TA orientation.


Activity Book 2005

Booklet of activities conducted during the orientation.

Entire Activity Book   PDF (23.8 MB)  
Table of Contents   PDF (30 KB) Word (74 KB)
Activities 1-2:

Intro to UMn Model, TA Duties, Light Patterns

PDF (343 KB) Word (609 KB)
Activities 3-5: Delta Design Project (with Karl Smith), Rationale for UMn Model, FCI and Alternative Conceptions  PDF (15.3 MB) Word (8.4 MB)
Activities 6-9: Problem Solving - Cowboy Bob & Expert vs. Novice; Designing a problem solving framework and answer sheet  PDF (689 KB) Word (816 KB)
Activities 10-13: Teaching Lab Sessions, Preparation for Peer Teaching, Teaching Discussion Sessions, Revising an inappropriate group problem PDF (515 KB) Word (407 KB)
Activities 14-16: Evaluating a Sample Lab Report, How to Grade a Student Lab Report, Classroom Climate & Cheating, Case Studies: Diversity & Gender Issues  PDF (3.8 MB) Word (9.1 MB)
Homework: Analyzing Students' Alternative Conceptions, Solving Problems Using Your Problem Solving Framework, Initial Evaluation of Example Student Laboratory Reports PDF (3.1 MB) Word (6.2 MB)
Instructor's Guide for Activity 3 (Delta Design Project) PDF (2.0 MB)  
  •  Problem Solving Answer Sheet 2005 (Activity 8)                    PDF (16 KB)            Word (397 KB)


Instructor's Handbook 2005

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

Entire Instructor's Handbook PDF (3.27 MB)  
Cover Page   PDF (29 KB) PPT (26 KB)
Table of Contents PDF (32 KB) Word (54 KB)
I. TA Responsibilities  PDF (502 KB) Word (257 KB)
II. Cooperative Problem Solving PDF (2.3 MB) Word (945 KB)
III. Teaching a Lab PDF (308 KB) Word (530 KB)
IV. Teaching a Discussion PDF (788 KB) Word (560 KB)
V. Teaching Resources PDF (1.09 MB) Word (910 KB)


Selected Reading List 2005

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


Peer Teaching Materials 2005

Lab Problems Book

Context Rich Discussion Problems


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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