CALS 183 Lab 1 notes Sunday 26 August, 2012

For first lab, Mon. Aug. 27 - Fri. Aug. 31


-Know Dr. Leonard's contact information: 208H Morrill, 656-2979 (Office), 434-3787 (home), Cell:

-Know the CALS 183 Syllabus page link:

-Know how to get to the Lab Outlines:

-Check out your classroom before your lab! Use to see when classroom is free.

-Figure out a time every week where you and your lab partner can get together to plan and grade assignments.

-Get list of your students and lab materials (name tents pens, handouts) from Dr. L

-Put together Speaking Schedule for the semester: generally 8-9 speakers max per lab. 

  Post on web and send link to Dr. L, or send Dr. L the HTML file.  See example:

-Put together Lab Roles Schedule for the semester.  Post on web and send link to Dr. L, or send the HTML file to Dr. L.

  See example:

-Make an Attendance sheet


Bring to lab:

Attendance sheet

Name tent materials: cards, pens

Lab 1 Partner Introduction worksheet handouts

Dramatic reading grading sheets

Lab Roles sheets

Clipboard & paper

Timing Sheets (1,2,3,...)


Remember: You are role models for your students!  You will be grading your students!


Write your name & contact information (email & phone) on the board.  Have students to write it down.


Have students make NAME TENTS


MAIN LAB EXERCISE:  Students Introduce each other (3-5 minutes each) TAs should demonstrate by introducing each other. 

Pass out the Introduction outline handout.  Have students spend at least half an hour to talk to each other and take notes on:


            Where grew up

            What was the culture like where you grew up?

            Why came to UVM


            Favorite Books (what books read over summer?)

            Favorite Movies

            Sources of where you get your news of current events

            Most interesting place visited

            Other interests: Sports, Outdoors, Music, Travel

            Future plans


Introduction should take 3-5 minutes.  TIME THEM: assign a Timer and display Timing Sheets.  If someone stops early, say “Your introduction of XXXX lasted only X minutes, it should have been at least 3 minutes.”


Pass out and Go over:


Lab Roles-starting with Dramatic Reading

Dramatic Reading sheet (Be ready week after next!!!), pass out one sheet per student

Speaking Neutral Stance Posture: stand tall and upright, feet shoulder width apart, arms hanging naturally by your sides

            Single most important thing: Practice in front of others & get feedback <--This is required for our class!


Make sure students write down your contact info: phone numbers, email address.

STRESS: It is important to arrive to lab a few minutes early so you are in your seat and ready to participate when lab begins.


Next week (Sept 3-7) no labs (Labor Day holiday).  We will have our next TA meeting Wed. Sept. 5, 3-4pm  207 Morrill conference room.


Dramatic Readings start Sept 10.  Tell student you will post the Dramatic Reading Schedule on Syllabus "Speech date and lab roles" link on syllabus.


Collect Name Tents.


AFTER LAB:           -Record Attendance.   

-Use Grading Templates:

-Add your students’ names to the grading template!  Record who was absent, and the date.

-Email your students who will be giving a dramatic reading the week of Sept 12-16 to remind them to be prepared.

-Update the Speaking and Lab Roles Schedules for the semester: 8-9 speakers max per lab (see examples above).

Our next TA meeting: Wednesday Sept 5, 3-4pm 207 Morrill Conference Room.