Classroom Management

Take Plagiarism Seriously

Submitted by mnestel on July 30, 2016 - 10:55pm

While universities have university-wide policies on plagiarism and academic integrity, individual departments may also have their own policies and procedures. As was the case with the TA below, you may have the responsibility of handling the situation.

Teach, Grow: Abandoning Your Comfort Zone as a TA

Submitted by mnestel on March 3, 2015 - 11:33pm

TAs are usually focused on their students. “How can I help my students learn what they need to know?” is rightly the looming question TAs ask themselves. However, it is important to remember that teaching is also about your own learning and growth. Thinking about what you want to get out of teaching and pushing yourself to pursue that can make for a more meaningful and fruitful TA experience. In this post, a TA writes about her personal goals as a TA and the importance of challenging herself to step outside her comfort zone.

The Power of Positive Feedback

Submitted by mnestel on January 5, 2015 - 9:59pm

Positive feedback and encouragement at the right moments can be powerful motivators in helping your students learn. Check out one new TA’s experience with positive feedback below.

Not that I did not already know it, but positive feedback does wonders! Students responded to encouragement and trust by trying harder, engaging and writing better papers.

Responding to Student Advances

Submitted by jfishe10 on May 28, 2014 - 12:27pm

What should you do if a student makes advances towards you? This TA found that holding a general class discussion about appropriate and inappropriate communication worked well to nip the problem in the bud. Also, note that the TA consulted members of her TA cohort for advice---if you are unsure how to approach a situation, your fellow TAs and/or your advisors can be a great source of suggestions and support.