I’ve been part of the University of Florida’s orientation for new teaching assistants for a number of years. My topic has been advice for having a successful start to the school year.
Prior to this year, the 400 new teaching assistants would meet in a large auditorium for the orientation.
Due to Covid-19, this year’s orientation went online.
Over four days, part of the orientation was held live via Zoom, with about 100 different TAs attending each day.
The other portion of the orientation, which included my presentation, were recorded videos. (At the end of this post you can click on a link to watch the video.)
In creating my presentation, I considered what would be helpful advice for starting a school year in a pandemic.