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Teaching Assistantship Program

Qualified Student TAs have the opportunity to strengthen their content skills and begin to explore the teaching profession by assisting the supervising teacher with classroom duties, and through the development of a lesson plan. Student TAs are supported to develop a comprehensive portfolio of their work as a TA, including (but not limited to) observations, reflections and inquiry project work. All Teaching Assistants must participate in an on-line Moodle Seminar. A passion for teaching and/or the subject, as well as permission of the instructor and guidance counselor are required.

Program Description    
The CRLS Teaching Assistant Pilot Project deepens the work of students acting as Teaching Assistants in CRLS classrooms. Qualified Student TAs strengthen their content skills and begin to explore the teaching profession by assisting the supervising teacher with classroom duties, and through the development of a lesson plan. Student TAs are supported to develop a comprehensive portfolio of their work as a TA, including (but not limited to) observations, reflections and inquiry project work. All Teaching Assistants must participate in an on-line Moodle Seminar. A passion for teaching and/or the subject, as well as permission of the instructor and guidance counselor are required. This program is open to juniors and seniors who have passed the TA class assignment with a B+ or better.

Program Throughlines

  • How can my work as a CRLS Teaching Assistant deepen and strengthen my understanding of the course content and subject area in general?
  • How can my work as a CRLS Teaching Assistant strengthen my skills and readiness for post-secondary education and future work?

Expectations for Student TA                      

  • Assist the supervising teacher as instructed with classroom duties, including clerical operations
  • Work with supervising teacher to develop Understanding Goals and to monitor progress throughout the semester
  • Maintain a professional and responsible demeanor when in the TA role
  • Work with Internship and Service-Learning Specialist to monitor progress
  • Complete all portfolio assignments in a timely manner
  • Take initiative for your learning

Expectations for Supervising Teacher       

  • Work with Student TA to develop Understanding Goals that will deepen the student’s knowledge of the subject and course content
  • Work with the student to develop clarity around roles and expectations
  • Be aware of the various portfolio requirements of the program and provide structured opportunities for the TA to complete them
  • Maintain contact with Internship and Service-Learning Specialist to communicate concerns and student progress

Goals, Activities, and Outcomes: What will each TA learn, do, and make as a result of taking on this role?

Understanding Goals Activities Outcomes: Portfolio Products
How can I reflect on what I see and do as a Teaching Assistant to further my own understanding of the subject area content?

How can I use my reflections and observations to push my original thinking about the content and about teaching and learning?

How do I generate thoughtful and probing questions that lead to deeper inquiry, learning and understanding?

What are the skills, processes and aptitudes I need to carry out an independent project based on my own questions?

Additional Understanding Goals developed by the Student TA and Supervising Teacher
Assist with daily classroom operations

Complete Observation Forms

Create and deliver a lesson plan or unit

On-going reflection (on role, on teaching, on content, on own learning)

Pose questions and complete inquiry project

Meet with Supervising Teacher on a regular basis to pose questions and receive feedback

Complete additional Seminar assignments

Participate in On-Line Moodle Seminar and in-person Seminar meetings as scheduled
Summary of duties, activities, and skills from logs

Analysis of Observations

Lessons and/or Units Developed

Reflective Work


Inquiry Project Work


Additional TBD