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 ________________________________________
Dr. April French
Dr. April French
Faculty Observer _____________________________ TA’s Supervisor ___________________________
Sum. YR ______ Date Observed ___________ Dept. ______ Course # ________
Type 1: Primary instructor
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.
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
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
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.
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
Appears very ineffective, cannot handle responsibilities requiring student interaction.
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