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Graduate TA Handbook and Resources

A Handbook for Teaching Assistants and Teaching Fellows in Arts & Sciences

Setting Tone & Expectations

The first day of your course can significantly affect the tone of the rest of the semester. Here are some resources for communicating expectations to students and establishing a welcoming and productive classroom environment.

These pages provide tips for first introductions and setting classroom expectations:

Additionally, here are some questions to consider when planning your first day.

Here are some strategies to establish a culture of active participation on the first day.

This video demonstrates what not to do when establishing an inclusive classroom.