Teaching Assistant Handbook

Compiled by Prof. Gary E. Ford, September 1999
Revised by Prof. Richard R. Spencer, July, 2000


No one has ever suggested that good teaching can be learned from a single handbook. Becoming a competent teacher takes a great deal of time, effort, commitment, and experience. In creating this handbook, we have sought to provide a guide to improvement and a source of ideas, rather than a definitive text on the subject of teaching.

As is the case with any document of this type, the ECE TA Handbook is under continuous review and will be revised and revamped as new teaching strategies and technologies emerge. Because of this ongoing evaluation, we encourage comments and suggestions especially from newcomers to the teaching profession.

Teaching is a great responsibility, and good teaching takes a great deal of time. But in the final analysis, being a teacher is one of the most important and influential roles a person can play. And if you take that role seriously, and strive to be the best teacher you can be, the rewards will be most uncommon and truly gratifying.