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GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANT CLASS OBSERVATION FORM
This form is to be completed by a faculty member assigned to visit the TA’s class. Complete one form per teaching
assistant (TA Types 1, 2 and 3). The TA should read and sign the drafted observation and offer any written
response. Once the form is finalized, one copy should be placed in the TA’s file in the department and one copy
should be sent to The Graduate School.
Teaching Assistant ________________________________________
______________________
SID #
Dr. April French
Dr. April French
Faculty Observer _____________________________ TA’s Supervisor ___________________________
111-00
Fall
Sp.
Sum. YR ______ Date Observed ___________ Dept. ______ Course # ________
2/_____/13
CHE
2013
Term:
Type 1: Primary instructor
TA Type:
Type 2: Instructor directly supervised by course/lab coordinator
Type 3: Assistant to professor within the classroom/lab
______________________________________________________________________________________
Evaluate the TA’s performance on the following criteria according to the general guidelines provided. For
each criterion, check the box indicating the statement that best characterizes the TA’s performance, or mark
NA for Not Appropriate or NR for Not Able to Respond.
1) Accuracy/Consistency
Appears to follow grading and course guidelines well, actively inquired about potential points of
confusion, can readily explain rationale for challenges/questions
Appears to follow grading and course guidelines and rubrics well, pays attention to detail, occasional
minor mistakes or lack of information
Appears sporadic in following course guidelines and is often in need of policy/content correction
Major problems with following course guidelines, communicating, role-modeling
NA
NR
2) Helpfulness to Students
Appears to actively seek ways and opportunities to be helpful
Appears helpful and receptive when approached
Answered questions from students but did not appear to welcome them
Appeared to discourage questions and/or belittles or berates questioner
NA
NR
3) Knowledge
Appears excellent
Appears quite good, but hindered by lack of background knowledge of this particular subject
Appears ineffective due to lack of knowledge.
Ineffective because of lack of effort and/or interest to master subject.
NA
NR
4) Communication Skills
Appears highly effective, explained difficult concepts well, could function independently.
Appears effective, explained most concepts well, needed little follow-up.
Appears to have some problems communicating, explains most topics to some extent but requires
frequent follow-up.
Appears very ineffective, cannot handle responsibilities requiring student interaction.
NA
NR
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GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANT CLASS OBSERVATION FORM
This form is to be completed by a faculty member assigned to visit the TA’s class. Complete one form per teaching
assistant (TA Types 1, 2 and 3). The TA should read and sign the drafted observation and offer any written
response. Once the form is finalized, one copy should be placed in the TA’s file in the department and one copy
should be sent to The Graduate School.
Teaching Assistant ________________________________________
______________________
SID #
Dr. April French
Dr. April French
Faculty Observer _____________________________ TA’s Supervisor ___________________________
111-00
Fall
Sp.
Sum. YR ______ Date Observed ___________ Dept. ______ Course # ________
2/_____/13
CHE
2013
Term:
Type 1: Primary instructor
TA Type:
Type 2: Instructor directly supervised by course/lab coordinator
Type 3: Assistant to professor within the classroom/lab
______________________________________________________________________________________
Evaluate the TA’s performance on the following criteria according to the general guidelines provided. For
each criterion, check the box indicating the statement that best characterizes the TA’s performance, or mark
NA for Not Appropriate or NR for Not Able to Respond.
1) Accuracy/Consistency
Appears to follow grading and course guidelines well, actively inquired about potential points of
confusion, can readily explain rationale for challenges/questions
Appears to follow grading and course guidelines and rubrics well, pays attention to detail, occasional
minor mistakes or lack of information
Appears sporadic in following course guidelines and is often in need of policy/content correction
Major problems with following course guidelines, communicating, role-modeling
NA
NR
2) Helpfulness to Students
Appears to actively seek ways and opportunities to be helpful
Appears helpful and receptive when approached
Answered questions from students but did not appear to welcome them
Appeared to discourage questions and/or belittles or berates questioner
NA
NR
3) Knowledge
Appears excellent
Appears quite good, but hindered by lack of background knowledge of this particular subject
Appears ineffective due to lack of knowledge.
Ineffective because of lack of effort and/or interest to master subject.
NA
NR
4) Communication Skills
Appears highly effective, explained difficult concepts well, could function independently.
Appears effective, explained most concepts well, needed little follow-up.
Appears to have some problems communicating, explains most topics to some extent but requires
frequent follow-up.
Appears very ineffective, cannot handle responsibilities requiring student interaction.
NA
NR
(continued on next page)
5) Ability to Engage Students with Course Content
Readily engaged students effectively and placed proper emphasis on important points.
Engaged students with material in a comprehensive, organized fashion.
Engaged students or presented material to students but not always within a proper context.
Did not engage students successfully or present material well to students.
NA
NR
6) Professionalism (meets responsibilities and deadlines, is fair and impartial, has appropriate interactions
with students, is appropriately prepared and punctual)
Appears very professional
Appears mostly professional, could use improvement in one or two minor areas such as
__________________________________________________________________________________
Appears marginally professional. Needs improvement in several minor or a major areas such as
__________________________________________________________________________________.
Appears unprofessional. Needs major improvement in ______________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________
NA
NR
Summary of primary strengths observed:
Summary of suggested areas of improvement:
TA’s Comments/Response
(NOTE: TA’s signature below is required by The Graduate School and indicates that the TA has read and understood
his/her evaluation; it is not an indicator of approval. The TA should use the following space to offer any general
comments regarding the observation, or of agreement or disagreement, and continue in an attachment if needed.)
Class Observer _________________________________________Date ___________
TA’s Supervisor _________________________________________Date___________
TA ___________________________________________________Date___________
To be filled out by The Graduate School: Received in Graduate School (Date):
Send copy to Ms. Tonya Vance in 100-A Gillis Bldg, 40506-0033 or email to tonya.vance@uky.edu.
Questions? Email morris.grubbs@uky.edu
Revised 02/11
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