back in action…

20Sep07

So I’m back from London and I’ve been thrown straight into the fire. TAing is starting soon; I have a dissertation prospectus to rewrite quickly, reading to do, research trips to two countries to plan, and a room full of suitcases from storage to unpack and clear up. So things are busy.

I still don’t feel like I am supposed to be back. I was in London just long enough to feel like I actually lived there so coming back was odd. But I think the drive home this weekend will bring me back to reality immediately.

Since I start TAing next week, I’d love to know what suggestions people may have for leading good discussion sections?

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2 Responses to “back in action…”

  1. First, thanks for coming back to your blog. I wondered if you’d gone AWOL.

    One thing I’ve learned from my TAing and teaching over the years – you’ll have better success getting conversations started if you make sure they know that you’ll entertain non-specialist questions. As in, asking them to come in with questions a non-student might have on the topic/text. And then, YOU don’t answer it – you have them work out the answer.

    What are you TAing?

  2. 2 thefrogprincess

    Thanks for the suggestion Belle. I’m TAing the survey of 18th c. British history. It’s not completely foreign to me but it’s not my specialty.


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