International TAs

Noise Control

Submitted by jfishe10 on May 28, 2014 - 10:27am

A common complaint of new TAs centers on noisy classrooms. In general, students quickly get to know one another, which is great, but this can lead to an unwanted level of social “chatter” in the classroom that can disrupt important lectures, discussions, or student-led activities. If your class starts to get too noisy, here are some management techniques to try:

Encouraging Class Participation

Submitted by jfishe10 on May 28, 2014 - 10:25am

As an instructor, you will inevitably have some classes that are quieter and less willing to participate in class than others. It is important not to take this personally---a myriad of factors can effect a student's willingness to participate, from the time class is held (early morning classes are often quiet) to the subject matter (a Chemistry major may feel less talkative in an English class) to the student's personality (you may simply have a class of shy students).