Teaching Assistants' Training Program

Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation, 130 St. George Street, Robarts Library, 4th floor

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Brown Bag Lunch: Conflicts in Teaching and Learning

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST


Tuesday, November 6, 2018
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST
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Do you have a dilemma, challenge, or question about teaching? Have you been experimenting with new teaching techniques in your classroom, or would you like to try out a new technique and talk it through with some of your colleagues and experienced TATP facilitators? Bring your lunch and join us to troubleshoot your teaching concerns, brainstorm creative solutions to your teaching conundrums or questions, and share strategies for teaching in your discipline. All questions and ideas, large and small, are welcome!

Participation in one of these Brown-Bag Lunch ā€˜nā€™ Learn sessions counts as one credit towards the Certificate Program! (A maximum of one lunch can be counted towards the TF Certificate and up to two lunches can be counted towards the AUTP Certificate Program.

Conflict is an inevitable part of our lives. However, how a conflict may unfold largely depends on our views and approaches to conflict. In academia, TAs and graduate students are usually under high pressure for productivity, performativity, critical and intellectual competition (among others). In this intense environment, intellectual and professional interpersonal conflicts are a common source of anxiety and stress, particularly when they exhibit consistent difficult patterns. How can we constructively handle and negotiate these conflicts and steer them toward productive patterns? In this Brown Bag Lunch session, we will engage in reflecting on our experiences with conflicts in teaching and learning, and discuss common types of academic conflicts and their possible underlying causes. We will also explore possible tools to establish a positive pre-conflict atmosphere for teaching and learning, and share some strategies to constructively handle these conflicts.