Workshop: “But you’re just the TA!”: Strategies for Dealing with Challenging Student Interactions

But you’re just the TA!”: Strate­gies for Deal­ing with Chal­leng­ing Stu­dent Interactions

Teach­ing is a hard job, and grad­u­ate stu­dents face par­tic­u­lar chal­lenges as teach­ers and teach­ing assis­tants, rang­ing from grade com­plaints to stu­dents chal­leng­ing our author­ity in the class­room.  In this work­shop, we will role-play to develop con­crete strate­gies for address­ing chal­leng­ing and awk­ward moments when we inter­act with stu­dents in the class­room, office hours, and email.

Facil­i­tated by: Ariel Wet­zel, a Ph.D. can­di­date in Eng­lish lit­er­a­ture.  She teaches both writ­ing and lit­er­a­ture, and has been field­ing awk­ward con­ver­sa­tions with stu­dents for over five years as a grad­u­ate instructor.

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