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For TAs working in Structured Active In-class Learning (SAIL) classes, CETLI offers a SAIL-specific training program. Faculty teaching SAIL classes may encourage or require TAs to participate.

Training for SAIL TAs

CETLI’s five-session program focuses on the following themes, as well as issues that arise from TA’s experiences in SAIL classes:

  • Managing group dynamics
  • Giving feedback to students
  • Guiding students through questions, including reformulating students' questions so students can answer them
  • Breaking concepts and confusion into pieces so that students can address them in a step-by-step process
  • Preparing for an active learning class
  • Encouraging student preparation


Over the semester these themes will develop through the following sessions and activities:

  • Session 1 (right around the start of classes) – Introduction to TAing in a highly structured, highly active classroom.
  • Session 2 (the first or second week of classes) – Practice guiding students in groups.
  • Individual observation (~weeks 2-5 of the semester) – Consists of a pre-observation meeting, an in-class recording and observation, and a post-observation meeting.
  • Session 3 (~week 5 of the semester) – Debrief on how things are going. What is difficult? What has been unexpected? What has gone particularly well?
  • Session 4 (end of the semester) – Debrief on how things have gone over the semester. Consider how participants will use this experience in the future.

For more details about this training or to participate, contact CETLI