Instructional Assistant (IA) Reference Guide

http://www.brynmawr.edu/biology/franklin/IA/IA_Guide.html

 

 

SUMMARY:

    A position as Instructional Assistants (IAs) for the Biology department offers a unique opportunity to gain experience in many aspects of science education.  At one level it is a chance to reinforce basic technical lab skill such as preparing chemical solutions, asceptic technique and the proper use of lab equipment.  At another level it provides an opportunity to expand your knowledge of biological concepts and experimental systems covered in the course.  Finally, and potentially most importantly, IAs have the opprotunity to collaborate with faculty on lesson planning, grading and assessment and general preparedness for teaching biology curriculum. If you choose to accept this opportunity you will play a role in shaping a new paradigm of teaching excellence in the sciences at Bryn Mawr.


    The job requires a 6-7 hr/wk time commitment and only qualified and committed students are selected. Wage: $8.75/hr.

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

HIRING PROCESS (to be completed the first week of classes):

 

 

 

      
  
PAYROLL (to be completed every two weeks):

 



GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF GRADING

FOR BIO 101/102

 

“I think the greatest act a teacher can perform is to help a student trust herself and her internal vision, to allow a space for freedom and exploration and help a student get over any fears of engaging in that process, to help a student want for herself and from herself.”

                                                                                --Elizabeth Catanese, BMC '06

 

Overview:

            Beyond helping students take authorship of gathering and generating knowledge, we want Bio 101/102 students to be proficient at defining, collecting, analyzing and presenting data/observations in a meaningful and rigorous fashion.  To this end, we have students practice writing the following key sections of scientific reports.

 

Some Specifics on Grading:

 

General Guideline for Grading Bio 101/102 Assignments

Grade

Requirements

95-100

Assignment is complete; tables and graphs are informative and include clearly and fully labeled legends; analysis and/or discussion is clearly written with correct grammar and style, covers all relevant topics, well supported, and additionally is unique and original.

90-94

Assignment is complete; tables and graphs are informative and include clearly and fully labeled legends; analysis and/or discussion is clearly written with correct grammar and style, covers all relevant topics and is well supported.

80-89

Assignment is complete; tables and graphs are informative and include clearly and fully labeled legends; analysis and/or discussion is clearly written with correct grammar and style, covers all relevant topics, but is not well supported.

70-79

Assignment is complete, but tables and graphs are unclear or poorly labeled, the analysis/discussion is poorly written, may not cover all relevant topics or is poorly supported with evidence.

50-69

Assignment is incomplete, and/or tables and graphs are unclear or poorly labeled, the analysis/discussion is poorly written, may not cover all relevant topics or is poorly supported with evidence.

0

no assignment turned in.