conflict resolution

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.

TA Responds to Passive Aggressive Behavior

Submitted by jfishe10 on May 28, 2014 - 12:24pm

Passive aggressive behavoir can be particularly challenging to respond to. It may also seem less serious than outright aggressive behavior. However, if allowed to continue, passive aggressive behavior can foster an uncomfortable classroom environment for yourself and your students. See how one TA responded to passive aggressive behavior from one of her students below. Notice that this TA asked one of her mentors for advice on how to handle the problem. Don't be afraid to speak with your professors about how they might respond in a similiar situation.

General Thoughts and Tips on Conflict Resolution

Submitted by jfishe10 on May 28, 2014 - 10:45am

One of the many issues that new teachers most fear is that of how to deal with conflict in the classroom. It is the instructor’s responsibility to strive to create a mutually respectful learning environment. At times, however, situations arise which make this ideal state of affairs impossible. What should be done if a student becomes aggressive, either verbally or physically, or bullies other students or even the instructor? How can such a volatile situation be dealt with in a professional, cool-headed manner?