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Creating a handbook/guidelines for teaching assistants/volunteers

Christina Kro.
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I have a lot of new staff this year and I am trying to create a really well developed hand book for my staff. Does anyone have something like this created? I just need something to use as a guideline. My program is in Helena, MT.

     
JenellS
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I do not, however this would be great to have especially when brining in volunteers, who do not know the program but want to help.

     
Dee
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It is important that an organization such as an afterschool to create a handbook/guidelines for teaching assistants/volunteers. I am a staff member at the St. Andrews Sunny Saints Afterschool Program. The program has created a Parent/Student Handbook as well as a handbook for teachers and volunteers. Its a good idea of doing this because it is to provide enrichment, help, and support in the day-to day activities at the afterschool.

Also let me add by saying the importance of creating a handbook is that you want to have your employees first impression of your organization. That way it provides an opportunity for the organization to put their best food forward.

     
LeighE
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Take a look at the attached Family Guide Book that was recently posted on the homepage. I think this would be helpful!

(Admin note: the file referenced above can be found at http://y4y.ed.gov/discussion-boards/68 )

     
jchung
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The Family Guidebook is a helpful resource.

     
krivers
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I am the site coordinator for our high school and created a handbook for my staff as well as a handbook for parents/students. Hopefully, you will find them useful and please change them to suit your particular program and school level.

     

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katalystcg
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Thanks krivers for sharing.

     
Fortin
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Akshay_M
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Not fun. You have to

• practically take the class you are TA-ing for again
• grade homework
• hold office hours before every homework is due and before exams
• manually fill in all grades
• feel embarrassed when you forget how to solve something that you learned in undergrad
• supervise midterms and finals

I am joking about the not fun part. But really, you do have to do all those things. It really depends how you take them. Some TA’s I know like it because they

• learn new or review old concepts in the subject from taking the class again
• practice people-handling since they have to interact with so many students on a regular basis
• get to see some awesome out-of-the-box thinking while grading papers/homework this may include utilizing latest technologies like windows virtual desktop azure or virtual desktop.
• get to teach a class or two (which is an awesome experience, some say)
• get to learn how to negotiate terms and conditions with the prof you are TAing for (it’s a good skill to have when you are accepting job offers)
• get to make new friends outside of your own class!
• get paid for doing it

Bottom line: TA-ing can be fun and productive if you choose to make it so. And it can be drab and frustrating if you choose otherwise.