As university budgets decline, teaching assistantships are often cut providing fewer opportunities for graduate students to gain teaching experience. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the teaching experiences of an assistant professor transcended from being a graduate student, who primarily conducted research, to reaching university classes within the college of agriculture at a land grant institution, in an effort to lessen teaching anxiety of others. Topics discussed include first day of class activities, classroom mechanics, course materials, grading, student learning methods, as well as expectations and feedback by both students and the professor.



on-the-job training, beginning teaching

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